Opinion was split as Oxfordshire’s politicians reacted to an eventful week in the House of Commons in which Theresa May was defeated over Brexit.
In a vote last week, 11 Tory rebels backed giving Parliament a much greater say in leaving the EU.
Put forward by the former attorney general Dominic Grieve, the amendment requires any Brexit deal to be approved by a separate Act of Parliament before it can be implemented.
Oxford West and Abingdon MP Layla Moran said: “This humiliating Government defeat is a wake-up call for this Conservative-DUP Government. Hundreds of local residents emailed me asking me to support this amendment to ensure MPs can have a say over a Brexit deal that will affect people’s lives, jobs, the economy and public services like our NHS for generations to come.”
But aside from the ‘wake-up’ call to the Tory party, the result has also revealed a tense relationship between Labour and the Lib Dems over an amendment on the single market.
A motion put forward by the Lib Dems, which would have prevented ministers from using regulation powers in the Withdrawal Bill to ‘create barriers’ to the UK’s continued membership of the single market, was voted against.
Oxford East and Labour MP Anneliese Dodds, who did not support the motion said: “Above all, we have stressed that the government was wrong to rule out membership of the single market and that it should have kept all options open. Unfortunately the Lib Dem amendment mentioned would not have done this and that is why we did not support it.”
But the Lib Dems criticised Ms Dodds for refusing to back a crucial amendment.
Oxford East Lib Dem spokesman Conor McKenzie said:
“Anneliese Dodds has shamefully failed to stand up for the jobs in Oxford East that depend on our trade with Europe.
“This is a betrayal of all the people in Oxford East who voted for her hoping they’d limit the damage caused by Brexit.”
Ms Dodds said the Lib Dems’ amendment would not have kept the UK in the Single Market as it did not “address any of the many serious flaws in the Government’s Withdrawal Bill”.