Cumbria's three Conservative MPs voted to keep no-deal on the table.

MPs voted on the amendment - which was put forward by Midlands MPs Caroline Spelman and Jack Dromey and backed by senior figures from all sides of the Commons - last night. A total of 312 MPs voted to rule out No Deal, while 308 voted against the amendment.

The default position on March 29 is still no-deal however, unless an deal is passed or an extension to Article 50 agreed.

Carlisle’s MP, John Stevenson said that he had voted against the amendment, saying: “No deal has to remain on the table. It’s illogical to take it off the table. I’m still hopeful that agreement in Parliament can still be reached on Theresa May’s deal. Twice now, I’ve voted on motions that commit us to leaving the EU on March 29, as instructed by the outcome of the 2016 referendum.

“That is what Theresa May’s deal would achieve. It would to take us to the next stage of securing a permanent arrangement with the EU, but we would be out of the EU. I do not understand why my colleagues in the DUP have not supported it [Theresa May’s deal last night]. The whole debate has become illogical and irrational.”

The MP for Penrith and the Border, Rory Stewart voted to keep no-deal on the table, after an amendment was made to the government's no-deal vote, he said: “I believe that it would be infinitely better to leave the European Union with a proper agreement in place to give us a responsible transition period to protect our industry and future.”

Speaking about the vote, the MP for Copeland Trudy Harrison, who also voted to keep no deal on the table, said: “Whilst the vote was lost tonight, it actually makes no difference to the default and legal position that we are leaving, without having secured a deal, on 29th March.

“I am clear in my mind that 17.4 million people voted to leave the EU and at every single vote opportunity, I have voted to deliver on that.

“I wish all colleagues had done the same.”