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Richard Benyon: Speaker was wrong to block third Brexit deal vote

But Newbury MP says deal would likely be defeated again

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Richard Benyon - Conservative

RICHARD Benyon has said that House of Commons speaker John Bercow was wrong to block Theresa’s May twice-defeated Brexit deal from being brought back to MPs.

The Newbury MP said that Mr Bercow’s decision on Monday to invoke a 400-year-old tradition to stop a third vote showed an inconsistency.  

However, Mr Benyon said there were other measures to get around the decision but that it added to the fevered atmosphere of Parliament.

Should the deal come back the Remain-backing MP said: “My gut feeling is that it would not succeed.

“We are now in a different place with a short-term extension.

“I am determined that we should continue to respect the result of the referendum.

“We now have to do that in a way that Parliament can agree to. 

“If [the deal] comes back I will support it.

“I will support any measure that I feel respects a clear decision by this country to leave the European Union. 

“As I have been saying to colleagues in the ERG (European Research Group), this deal offers the best deal for all of us.

“If they continue on voting it down we will end up with a softer form of Brexit.

“During the referendum campaign, people like Nigel Farage and other leaders of the Leave campaign were bigging up the idea of a Norway arrangement and I suspect that’s where we will end up."

When asked if he would support a Norway-plus arrangement, Mr Benyon said: “If it came to a choice between no Brexit and a softer Brexit then yes.

"Norway-plus or a Switzerland arrangement would mean businesses would still be able to trade on a free and open basis but we would not be part of the requirements under EU treaties to go for a closer union, which I think would please many people."

Mr Benyon said that it would not be easy to exit the EU as it had taken 12 years to enter into the common market and more to incorporate EU laws in the UK.

"I think many people understand but Parliament, like most of the country, is split down the middle. 

"It's deeply frustrating. Most of my colleagues want to find a solution that allows us to move on."

Mr Benyon said he believed that "a huge amount of investment" could be released if Parliament could reach a deal. 

When asked whether he was under any pressure from members of the West Berkshire Conservative Association, he said: "There are those who make their views very clear to me, Brexiteers who have been wanting it for many years to others who are opposed to Brexit.  

"I try to explain that the actions I have taken have been to recognise the result of the referendum but not to leave with no deal. I am desperately working for us to leave with a deal."

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  • NWNThatcham

    24/03/2019 - 18:06

    Hypocrisy. Benyon calls for a 3rd vote of the PM deal allowing the MP's to change their mind for the 3rd time in 3 months, yet opposes checking with the British population that they haven't changed their mind in 3 years. This is an affront to democracy.

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  • Chunky

    23/03/2019 - 22:10

    Like his boss, trying to flog a dead horse!

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  • NewburyLad

    21/03/2019 - 09:09

    Still out of touch with the majority of the voters in the United Kingdom then. Leave the EU on the 29th was promised, we should then leave on the 29th.

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    • EugeneStryker

      22/03/2019 - 11:11

      As we all know, for every complex problem there is a clear and simple solution and I can't wait to be free of the EU so we can all go back to blaming single mothers and teachers for our problems. Good on you NewburyLad for saying how it is (some people will only get the importance of this decision to the future of our country when compared to a sports tournament played every year - a WIN is a WIN!!). Keep up the good work, I hope you're the first to get Brexit good and hard.

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    • Just An Opinion

      21/03/2019 - 12:12

      A vote very narrowly won on a pack of lies!

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      • NewburyLad

        21/03/2019 - 13:01

        Presumably you think England beat Scotland last Saturday at the rugby then, and Ireland narrowly defeated Wales. A win is a god damned win, not a loss, not a draw for heavens sake.

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      • NewburyLad

        21/03/2019 - 13:01

        Plenty of lies came from the remain camp or have you got a VERY selective memory

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      • NoisyNortherner

        21/03/2019 - 12:12

        Not to mention Aaron Banksy pulling £8 million out of his arse while meeting with Russian "businessmen" for completely unrelated reasons.

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        • NewburyLad

          21/03/2019 - 13:01

          What, like Remain's spending £2.9million compared to Leave's £1.9million. Source Electoral commission.

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        • NoisyNortherner

          21/03/2019 - 14:02

          Bullshit. How about the £12 million being investigated by the electoral commission before the spending cap came in? You're deluded if you think the whole leave campaign was financed on the level.

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        • NewburyLad

          21/03/2019 - 15:03

          You're equally deluded if you think Remain told the truth, was squeaky clean and didn't sneak in millions from George $oro$. Still, wind your neck in NN, we're leaving in just over 1 weeks time, all thanks to that meddling Gina Miller who stuck her nose in thinking she'd abort Brexit and instead set in place the mechanism to make it law we leave on the 29th.

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        • NoisyNortherner

          21/03/2019 - 17:05

          Maybe get off those American conspiracy message boards a bit and take a walk outside every once in a while eh?

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  • Hungerfordcis

    21/03/2019 - 09:09

    Zip it benyon you can' t keep voting on things until 1 side gets their own way

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