Lib Dem MP Stephen Lloyd resigns party whip to vote for Theresa May's Brexit deal

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Lloyd said he could not honour the result of the referendum while holding the party whip (Source: Getty)

Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd has resigned the party whip in order to vote for Theresa May's Brexit deal.

Lloyd, the MP for Eastbourne, told the Eastbourne Herald: "It is with great regret that I am today resigning the Liberal Democrat party whip in parliament.

"I have come to the conclusion that I cannot honestly uphold the commitment I made to Eastbourne and Willingdon two and a half years ago, and reiterated since - to accept the result of the referendum, vote for the deal the Prime Minister brought back from the EU and not back calls for a second referendum - whilst supporting the Lib Dem parliamentary party’s formal position of voting against Theresa May’s deal and advocating a ‘People’s Vote’.

"Consequently, I have decided that the only honourable thing for me to do is resign the party whip in parliament."

The Lib Dems' official position is to support a second referendum or people's vote on Brexit, with the option to remain in the EU.

Earlier in the day the Lib Dems tweeted:

PoliticsHome revealed last month that a number of Lib Dem activists were calling for Lloyd to withdraw the whip after he made it clear he intended to support the prime minister.