Watch Clive Lewis being ‘door-stepped’ as he continues to make up mind on Brexit
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Clive Lewis is yet to decide how he will vote in the crucial Brexit bill vote tonight.
The Norwich South MP, to the BBC on Wednesday morning that it was his intention to 'do what is right by my constituents and my conscience', adding it was a 'really tough call'.
Questioned about whether he was going to resign, he said: 'It's my intention to do what is right by my constituents and my conscience. It's a really tough call',
He added: 'I'm going to make my mind up. I don't know. Lot on my plate. See what happens in the lobby today'.
Questioned about whether it was his last day in the shadow cabinet, he added: 'I've got to make a decision on how I vote'.
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He has previously indicated that he would be willing to defy his leader Jeremy Corbyn's three-line whip on the bill if he felt that assurances had not been given against a 'cliff-edge' Brexit.
He voted for the bill to proceed to a second reading so that detailed amendments could be debated. His party has backed a number of amendments, including to require Parliament to approve any new treaty or relationship before final agreement with the EU.
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All the amendments have been comfortably defeated by the government.
Prime Minister Theresa May announced yesterday that she would allow MPs to vote on any proposed Brexit deal before it is put to the European parliament - a move designed to see off the threat of a Conservative backbench rebellion.
David Jones, a Brexit minister, made the announcement on Tuesday in the House of Commons at the start of a four-hour debate on how MPs will be asked to approve the final form of a deal with the EU, after two years of talks.
But while it was initially welcomed by the shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, as a 'huge and very important concession'.
The government subsequently confirmed parliament would only be allowed to vote on a 'take it or leave it basis'.