Last night’s trade bill votes
By Alistair Carmichael MP
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
Brexit is the most important issue in a generation. And as Liberal Democrats we have taken on the responsibility of stopping it. We're the only Party united in this aim.
Last night I messed up. The government squeaked home by just 3 votes in a key amendment. It should have been 1.
I was not expecting a close vote - up until 8pm, Labour were planning to abstain which would have meant the vote would be lost by hundreds. In fact several Labour MPs voted with the govenment- which is why they won. By the time it became apparent that the vote was going to be close - it was too late to get two of our MPs back in time to vote.
I'm taking responsibility and redoubling my efforts to stop Brexit.
Today is a new day. We will be debating the remaining stages of the Trade Bill - and we are going to hold the government's feet to the fire.
Thank you for you for your continued support to our campaign to Exit from Brexit.