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No Brexit rebels in Gloucestershire as the county MPs all vote on party lines

The rebel alliance didn't include any of Gloucestershire's MPs who all stuck diligently to what their party was asking from them in last night's key Brexit vote in the House of Commons.

The morning headlines were set by events on the first day back at school for the country's politicians yesterday, as the first of a key set of votes this week took place.

The main note on Tuesday's order paper was a so-called section 24 order made by a cross-party group of MPs to take control of the business of the house today.

The motion and attached Bill seeks to take steps to deny the Government leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement being passed by the House of Commons: a so-called No Deal Brexit.

The government tried to deny the motion and cajoled - or whipped - its MPs including the five Gloucestershire Conservatives to vote the motion down.

The result of the vote was declared at around 10pm last night with 328 members voting for the Commons to take control of the agenda and 301 voting against.

Gloucester MP Richard Graham, Cheltenham's Alex Chalk, Forest of Dean member Mark Harper, Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson and Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, member for the Cotswolds all voted with the government.

Any Conservative MPs who voted for the motion and against the government were told after the result that they would have the whip withdrawn - effectively being thrown out of the parliamentary party.

Stroud's Labour MP David Drew - the only opposition member from the county - voted to uphold the motion.

After losing the first vote of his premiership, Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that if the Bill was rushed through Parliament and agreed, he would call a General Election.

That means today's Commons order paper is packed with seismic votes that could see both a No Deal Brexit ruled out and a General Election called.

Punchline says "All this posturing and political instability is doing little for business who simply need certainty over whether Brexit is happening and what it will mean.

"The sooner the politicians make their mind up and the rest of the country can actually prepare and do what they need to do, the better."

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