LIDDESDALE’S MP has joined a cross-party group of MPs set up to get a deal with the EU through parliament.
John Lamont joined about 15 Conservative, Labour and independent MPs to launch MPs for a Deal.
The group seeks to gather together MPs from all parties who intend to vote for a deal to leave the EU before October 31.
At the launch event Labour MP Caroline Flint said she thought about 50 Labour MPs were prepared to vote for a deal with the EU.
Since then several others have joined the group and said they would back a deal if it came back to parliament after the European Council summit on October 17.
MPs have signed up to support the statement: “We, the undersigned, will vote for a deal which protects the jobs and livelihoods of our constituents and enables the UK to leave the EU on October 31, 2019.”
Explaining his decision, Mr Lamont said: “I am a democrat who was disappointed with the EU referendum result. But I think the result needs to be implemented and done so in a sensible way.
“I’m joining this cross-party group to get a deal approved by parliament, get us out of the EU and move the country on.
“It is still not too late to agree a deal after the European Council summit next month.
“Too many of my colleagues have been guilty of a failure to compromise. I am happy to work with anyone from any party who shares my view that the best way to respect the referendum result is to leave the EU with a deal.”