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Alex Chalk

Yesterday evening, the House of Commons voted to reject the two amendments to the Article 50 Bill proposed by the House of Lords.

Despite predictions by some – including Robert Peston – of a notable Tory rebellion, it didn’t materialise.

The first amendment – seeking a unilateral guarantee of residency to EU citizens in the UK – was defeated by 335 votes to 287. Only two Conservative MPs rebelled: Alex Chalk (Cheltenham) and Dr Tania Mathias (Twickenham).

The second amendment – requiring parliamentary approval even in the case of no Brexit deal being agreed – was rejected by 331 votes to 286, with no Conservative rebels.

The rejection of both amendments was also accepted by the House of Lords – on EU citizens by a margin of 274-135, and on parliamentary approval by a margin of 274-118.

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