Last night MPs voted on seven key amendments of the Brexit deal.  Five of these were rejected and two were voted through.

We’ve sifted through the nitty gritty, breaking down what each amendment meant and how the city’s MPs Chris Leslie (Nottingham East, Labour), Alex Norris (Nottingham North, Labour), and Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South, Labour) voted:

Parliamentary voting on options to prevent the UK leaving with no-deal 

This amendment was put forward by Labour’s MP Jeremy Corbyn, in order to prevent the government carrying out a No Deal option without parliament’s say.

Seeking alternative arrangements to the ‘Irish backstop’

The part of the Brexit bill that has been met with the most outcry, Conservative MPs were ordered to vote to change this part in order to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland.

Giving MPs the chance to vote on several different options before the end of March

Proposed by Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, this amendment aimed to force the government to make sure MPs had six full days to discuss Brexit alternatives before 26 March.

Calling for the government to delay Brexit and rule out no-deal

SNP leader Ian Blackford called for a no-deal Brexit, an extension of Article 50, and emphasised the role of the other UK nations, like Scotland, in the process of the Brexit process. He said ‘the people of Scotland should not be taken out of the EU against their will.’ All three Nottingham MPs abstained from voting.

Asking the government to postpone Brexit if a deal has not been put through Parliament by 26 February

This would have required Theresa May to seek to postpone Brexit day (currently 29 March) until 31 December. This was put forward by Yvette Cooper, a member of the Labour party like the three Nottingham MPs.

Seeking to prevent a no-deal Brexit

Now this has passed through, this declares that Parliament rejects leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship. This went through largely with backing from the majority of Labour MPs, all the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party.

Asking the government to postpone Brexit if a deal has not been put through Parliament by 26 February

This one differed from the Yvette Cooper’s amendment as it did not specify a specific date to postpone Brexit to.