Stephen Lloyd says ‘outside groups’ will not force him into breaking his word to support Brexit.
The Eastbourne and Willingdon MP says he has faced ‘considerable pressure’ to change his position of voting for the Prime Minister Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement.
This comes after an event at the weekend hosted by prominent Remainer Lord Andrew Adonis at the Mansion Lions Hotel and a poster van sent around town called on Mr Lloyd to vote against the Brexit deal.
Mr Lloyd said, “I will not be bullied by groups or individuals from outside Eastbourne and Willingdon into breaking my word to the people of our town. Be it a poster van or noted Remainer, Lord Adonis, visiting Eastbourne demanding I break my promise.
“When I give a commitment to local people, I keep it. And though I argued for Remain during the referendum, I also made a clear promise at the time that I would accept the result, vote for the deal the Prime Minister brought back, and not support calls for a second referendum.”
He continued, “I’ve been consistent on this for two and a half years and no amount of outside pressure will ever force me to break a promise I’ve made to Eastbourne.
“I believe it is more important now than ever that if the public’s trust in politicians is to be secured, we must keep our promises and we must keep our word.
“I do recognise this is a serious issue that many people across Eastbourne and Willingdon, both vehement Leavers and Remainers, feel strongly about.
“It is an important moment for our nation whichever side of the fence folk sit on. I respect the integrity of both sides and appreciate that, in the main, they have been courteous in pressing their respective cases with me. Thank you.”
Stephen Lloyd MP is a Liberal Democrat, a party which is fighting for Britain to remain in the EU.
But his constituency voted to Leave, and in the run up to the last General Election Mr Lloyd promised voters he would respect the result of the referendum.
He reaffirmed this pledge last month – despite calls for him to back a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.