NORTH Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson called on MPs to “dig themselves out of their trenches” and work on a Brexit compromise.

It came as the House of Commons backed a motion to prevent the country from leaving the EU without a deal.

Mr Tomlinson, who campaigned for Brexit, said: “I continue to do all I can to support a sensible, pragmatic and orderly Brexit.

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“The public and businesses are clear they want a Deal which delivers Brexit, ends uncertainty and allows everyone to move on.

“Politicians on both sides of the debate need to dig themselves out of their respective trenches and compromise to break the deadlock.”

Conservative minister Sarah Newton, a colleague of Mr Tomlinson’s at the department for work and pensions, reportedly resigned her government role whilst in the House of Commons lobby.

SOUTH Swindon MP Robert Buckland was one of 12 ministers to abstain from tonight’s third vote on a no-deal, according to reports.

Others included cabinet ministers Amber Rudd and David Gauke.

Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for South Swindon Sarah Church branded Wednesday night’s Commons action a farce: “Surely it’s time for the political game-playing to stop? I thought the so-called moderate Tories would rather resign than countenance a no-deal Brexit - only one had the backbone.”

More follows.