Sunday 20 October 2019

MP appeals to the heavens after veteran Sir Bill Cash ‘was droning on’

Members were in the chamber for the Brexit debate ahead of Wednesday’s votes.

MPs voted on Wednesday in a series of indicative votes (Parliament TV/PA)
MPs voted on Wednesday in a series of indicative votes (Parliament TV/PA)

By Emma Bowden, Press Association

An MP said she was appealing to the “heavens” in the chamber during Wednesday’s Brexit debate in an attempt to stop a Brexiteer from talking.

Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran, rested her head on the back of the bench while her SNP colleague Tommy Shepherd appealed to the House.

Ms Gibson said in a tweet that it was Conservative MP Sir Bill Cash “droning on” that caused her to take up the position.

She wrote: “Tonight I was caught on camera supplicating the heavens to stop hard #Brexiteer Bill Cash MP from speaking for any longer #droningon.”

In response to her tweet, one follower said: “I thought you were hoping for a divine intervention.”

Sir Bill, a Tory Eurosceptic, made various points in the chamber as MPs debated delaying Brexit beyond March 29.

They approved the legislation required to change the exit date of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU by 441 votes to 105, majority 336.

MPs then voted down all eight Brexit options in a series of “indicative votes” designed to establish what kind of deal might secure a majority in Parliament.

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