Responding to the resounding government defeat on the withdrawal agreement by 169 votes, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords Dick Newby said:
“This resounding defeat for the Conservative Government demonstrates how unpopular Theresa May’s deal truly is.
“Since delaying the vote, the cabinet’s shambolic plans for Brexit have only increased. From ferry contracts which include no ferries, to no-deal fridges ready for stockpiling medicines, the cabinet is wasting millions of pounds and causing many individuals great anxiety on a no-deal option which stands zero chance of being approved by the Commons.
“Tonight’s vote has been an embarrassing setback for Theresa May, and she can expect more of the same tomorrow. Following a defeat tomorrow the Prime Minister should hand the Brexit decision back to the people – with the option to remain in the EU”.