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North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham voted for a no-deal during the indicative votes in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening.

Sir Henry also voted for a standstill arrangement proposed by Conservative MP Marcus Fysh as parliament secured no majority for any of the options set out.

Mr Fysh had proposed a tariff-free trade agreement with the European Union lasting two years. Britain in turn would contribute to the EU budget during this period.

Overall, this option was voted down by a margin of 283 votes.

Sir Henry voted against the other six options put to the House including a Customs Union, a Second Referendum and Jeremy Corbyn's proposal, which contained a permanent customs union and a close alignment to the single market.

South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss did not vote on any of the indicative votes however.

She posted on social media before the votes to say she was taking her "own indicative votes on spending priorities with rural MPs".

Ms Truss also added that "people must now support the [Prime Minister's] deal and move us forward."

Michael de Whalley, of the West Norfolk Green Party, wrote to Sir Henry after the vote as he was "intrigued" by his support for a no-deal Brexit.

His email, which was seen by The Lynn News, said: "I am intrigued by your vote to indicate support for a no-deal Brexit.

"An analysis prepared by the Department for Exiting the European Union projects that leaving without a deal, the UK will suffer 8% lower GDP, £158 billion less per year and 2,800,000 fewer jobs.

"The CBI warns that with no-deal, East Anglia will experience an annual loss of £17 billion by 2034.

"3,500 troops are on standby to assist in the event of a no-deal exit and Whitehall insiders are admitting that no-deal preparations are in chaos.

"Perhaps it is with good reason that Philip Hammond has warned no-deal means austerity will continue?

"So, with the upmost respect, please can you kindly tell me why you support a no-deal Brexit?"

A total of 400 MPs voted against the no-deal option with 160 in support of this proposal.



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