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Ken Clarke only Tory MP to vote against Brexit Bill

Ken Clarke was the only Tory to vote against Brexit Bill Credit: PA

Former chancellor Ken Clarke was the only Conservative party MP to vote against the Government's Brexit Bill, it has emerged.

Clarke previously likened visions of a post-Brexit future to a "wonderland-type" fantasy, saying "apparently you follow the rabbit down the hole and you emerge in a wonderland where suddenly countries around the world are queuing up to give us trading advantages."

Midlands MP Ken Clarke: Future of Brexit Britain is a 'wonderland fantasy'

Midlands MPs have today debated the process by which the UK will leave the European Union following the triggering of Article 50.

Speaking in Parliament, the East Midlands Conservative MP Ken Clarke said he will not back the Article 50 bill to trigger Brexit, describing visions of a post-EU future as a "wonderland" fantasy.

Ken Clarke's Rushcliffe constituency was the only area in Nottinghamshire that voted to stay in the EU.

In the same debate, Anna Soubry, the MP for Broxtowe, joined others who expressed their concern at the 'lack of detail' the government has given ahead of the talks with the EU.

Read more: Anna Soubry: Stop calling us 'remoaners'

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Beckett pleads for Brexit debate to be less divisive

The Brexit talks will be difficult and expressing concern over their direction should not be characterised as opposing the public's decision to leave the EU, Labour's Margaret Beckett has said.

The MP for Derby South criticised Brexit secretary David Davis' opening remark that the vote on triggering Article 50 was about whether MPs "trusted" the British public.

"I hope that the practice of dismissing any call, any queries, any concerns, however serious or well founded, as merely demonstrating opposition to the will of the British people ... will now cease."

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