A Tory Brexiteer says his birthday was ruined after MPs voted for an amendment that could delay the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
Conservative MP Peter Bone had been hoping to celebrate his big day by helping Boris Johnson’s deal get approved in the Commons but it was not meant to be.
Instead, the decision on the Brexit deal was delayed until Monday when MPs voted by 322 to 306, majority 16, in favour of the amendment by former Cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin, withholding approval until legislation to implement the deal is in place.
Mr Bone told the BBC: "I'm fed up.
"It's been a complete waste of time, nothing's happened, and it's spoilt my birthday."
He added: "It's my birthday and I've had to be here talking to you, rather than eating cake”
The vote on the Brexit deal between the UK and the EU was not held following the Letwin amendment.
Sir Oliver, one of the MPs to have the Tory whip withdrawn after rebelling on Brexit, said it was an “insurance policy” intended to ensure the UK cannot “crash out” of the EU on October 31 without a deal.
A defiant Mr Johnson responded to the vote by telling MPs: “I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so.”
Meanwhile, thousands of second referendum supporters have marched on Parliament asking for a vote on the deal.
Effigies of the Prime Minister have been held aloft by protesters at the demonstration, with some accompanied by their pets draped in EU flags, on the People’s Vote march to Westminster.
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A number of celebrities and politicians have joined the march, with London Mayor Sadiq Khan pictured alongside actor Sir Patrick Stewart and actor Stephen McGann at the front of the crowd as the march set off from Park Lane on Saturday afternoon.
Protesters made their way through central London towards Parliament Square.
They all cheered when it was announced Letwin’s amendment had passed.