MPs have easily passed a backbench amendment seeking to block any attempt by a future government to prorogue parliament to ensure a no-deal Brexit. The amendment, tabled by a cross-party group led by Labour’s Hilary Benn and the Conservatives’ Alistair Burt, passed by an unexpectedly large margin of 41 votes, with 315 MPs backing it and 274 opposed.
Our Norfolk MPs, however, passed on the opportunity to take back control for Parliament. The honourable exceptions (top row) were Clive Lewis, Keith Simpson, rebelling against the Conservative Party leadership for the first time in his 22 years as an MP, and Norman Lamb. Those opposing the motion were (L to R, T to B) Chloe Smith, Elizabeth Truss, George Freeman, Richard Bacon, Brandon Lewis and Henry Bellingham.