Statement from Rt. Hon. Dame Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden:

“I would like to make absolutely clear that the amendment I have tabled today, supported by a cross-party group of 130MPs is not in any way an attempt to block or delay Brexit.

“I am committed to honouring the result of the 2016 referendum and ensuring the country leaves the European Union, which is due to happen on 29th March.

“However, I cannot sanction the country leaving the EU without a deal. In the face of dire warnings from local businesses about job losses, it is critical that we leave the EU with a deal that works for the country and our region.

“I have consistently supported the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement to ensure an orderly exit from the EU.”