Burnham-On-Sea’s MP is set to vote in favour of Brexit proceeding without a deal in tonight’s Parliament vote.
Burnham MP James Heappey will vote for ‘no deal’.
It comes after he backed the PM’s withdrawal deal in the second “meaningful vote” in the House of Commons on Tuesday where it was rejected by MPs by an overwhelming majority.
MPs voted down the Prime Minister’s deal by 149, a smaller margin than when they rejected it in January.
Mrs May said MPs will now get a vote on whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal on Wednesday and, if that fails, on whether Brexit should be delayed.
Burnham-On-Sea’s MP James Heappey voted for the PM’s deal.
He said on social media: “This week I will: Vote for No Deal if necessary, and Vote against a delay to Brexit to allow more whining in Westminster. A short delay to complete legislation is different.”
Burnham-On-Sea’s MP recently said the PM’s draft withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU is “not perfect” and “not what I’d hoped for”.
Burnham-On-Sea’s MP defended the Brexit deal at a heated town meeting attended by 200 residents on November 29th, 2018. He said “crashing out” of the EU with no Brexit deal would create a situation that would be “quite brutal”. And Burnham’s MP added that holding a second referendum would be “a huge betrayal” to voters.
Mr Heappey also made an impassioned speech to Parliament during a debate over Theresa May’s Brexit deal in December. During the speech, below, he also infamously said: “I left work last night embarrassed to call myself an MP”. In the debate, he criticised MPs for “digging our trenches deeper and refusing to find compromise.”
In the June 2016 EU referendum, residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge voted to leave the EU. Across Sedgemoor, there were 41,869 votes to leave and 26,545 votes to remain. Several polling stations in Burnham and Highbridge reported 70% turnouts, far higher than previous General Elections.