The amendment passed by 3 votes with 14 Tories voting against, but despite the amendment making our exit from the EU harder and with more economic risk the Liberal Democrat leader and former leader failed to show.
The Liberal Democrats remain the largest force for remain in British politics and their inability to get their leader to vote in a key and narrow vote is awful and has received some heavy criticism.
The Liberal Democrats have yet to release a statement on why two of their senior MPs didn’t vote but it may have been down to believing the government had the votes no matter their efforts.
Jo Swinson also did not vote but is on maternity leave.
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