How Brighton and Hove MPs voted on alternative options for Brexit
MPs voted on eight potential alternative Brexit options on Wednesday, but not one of them secured support in the House of Commons.
A motion drafted by Hove MP Peter Kyle calling for a vote on a final deal got the most votes in favour– but still didn’t get a majority.
After the vote the Hove MP said: “Wow it’s amazing that the #compromise is now the Brexit proposition with the most votes in parliament. Today was our first step, and it was a big one.”
All three of the city’s MPs serve ‘Remain’ constituencies: Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion (Remain 74 per cent); Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove (Remain 66 per cent); and
Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown (Remain 57 per cent). Here’s how they voted on each of the options.
A People’s Vote (268 for, 295 against)
This motion, co-drafted by Hove MP Peter Kyle, called for a public vote on a withdrawal agreement agreed by Parliament. All of the city’s MPs voted in favour.
No deal (160 for, 400 against)
This would see the UK leave the European Union without a deal on April 12. None of Brighton and Hove’s MPs were in favour of no-deal.
Revoke article 50 (184 for, 293 against)
This SNP motion would stop Brexit by revoking article 50 if the UK gets within days of leaving without a deal. All three of the city’s MPs voted for this option.
Labour’s ‘alternative plan’ (237 for, 307 against)
This would involve a ‘close economic relationship’ with the EU, including a customs union and ‘close alignment’ with the single market. Both Labour MPs voted in favour of this – but not Green MP Caroline Lucas.
Common Market 2.0 (188 for, 283 against)
Put forward by Conservative MP Nick Boles, this would mean remaining in the European single market and seeking a temporary customs union with the EU. Only Peter Kyle voted in favour of this motion.
Customs union (264 for, 272 against)
This would commit to negotiating a ‘permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union with the EU’. It was backed by Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Peter Kyle.
Standstill arrangement (139 for, 422 against)
This would involve a tariff-free trade agreement with the EU for two years, during which time Britain will contribute to the EU budget. All the city’s MPs voted against this plan.
EFTA and EEA (65 for, 377 against)
Remaining in the single market but not forming a customs union. All the city’s MPs voted against this.