tessa munt

Burnham-On-Sea’s former MP Tessa Munt says ‘a People’s Vote should decide on whether we leave the EU with a new deal, or stay’ in the wake of this week’s Brexit defeat for Theresa May.

The Lib Democrat parliamentary candidate for Burnham told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “The only logical and possible course of action now is to go back to the public: a People’s Vote should decide on whether we leave the EU with a new deal, or we stay.”

Her comments come after the Prime Minister won a vote of no confidence on Wednesday night by 325 votes to 306, with the support of Burnham’s MP, James Heappey.

But Ms Munt added: “The scale of the Government’s defeat on Theresa May’s Brexit deal was just embarrassing – the worst for 95 years.”

“It’s been clear for weeks that Theresa May’s deal wasn’t going to make it. It was a mess, satisfying neither those who voted to leave the EU, nor those who voted to stay.”

“It’s unfortunate the Prime Minister decided to string the process out until now when she could have used that time to work cross party on a new plan.”

“She must have thought she could bully MPs into supporting her deal by delaying the vote till now, implying that the only other option is a catastrophic ‘no deal’ Brexit. Her brinkmanship failed, proving yet again that she hasn’t been listening.”

“With Parliament in deadlock, and the Government in meltdown, the only logical and possible course of action now is to go back to the public: a People’s Vote should decide on whether we leave the EU with a new deal, or we stay.”

“If a General Election is called, I am ready to serve again. This area needs an MP who will act in our county and country’s best interests, not one who is desperately trying to hold onto his Government job, blindly following his leader’s every command.”

Meanwhile, James Heappey posted several messages on social media on Wednesday evening, attacking the decision by Jeremy Corbyn not to take part in cross-party talks with the Prime Minister as he attempts to get an assurance that Britain will not leave on March 29th with no deal.

Mr Heappey posted: “Jeremy Corbyn has sat down with terrorists around the world apparently in pursuit of peace and always without preconditions. But will he sit down with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to tackle biggest constitutional challenge of our time without preconditions? Errr, no.”