Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd reveals whether he will back Theresa May's Brexit deal

Eastbourne's MP has spoken out over whether he will support the Brexit deal proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Friday, 16th November 2018, 2:26 pm
Updated Friday, 16th November 2018, 3:36 pm
Stephen Lloyd MP speaking in the House of Commons

The draft agreement secured by the PM and the EU has been met with controversy as two ministers resigned over it – but cabinet backed the deal on Wednesday (November 14).

Stephen Lloyd MP is a Liberal Democrat, a party which is fighting for Britain to remain in the EU.

But his constituency, Eastbourne and Willingdon, voted to Leave, and Mr Lloyd promised voters he would respect the result of the referendum.

In a statement today (November 16), the MP said, “Despite supporting calls for EU reform over the years, I campaigned, and publicly debated, for Remain during the 2016 referendum and still believe that – on the whole – remaining within the European Union is in the best interests of our nation.

“However, I also made a public promise during the campaign and in the General Election that I would not support calls for a second referendum and would vote the deal the Prime Minister brings back to the Commons. As Eastbourne knows, just like the vote on tuition fees, when I give my word to the town – I keep it.”

This stance comes in stark contrast to Lib Dem-run Eastbourne Borough Council, which this week voted to back a People’s Vote on the final deal.