In a statement posted online last Thursday, Ms Atkins said: “I have done everything I can to deliver Brexit.
“Last night (Wednesday March 13), I voted to keep ‘no deal’ on the table as part of the negotiations.
“Parliament, however, opposed this, meaning that a vote against the Government’s Deal will be a vote that puts Brexit at risk.”
She continued: “Conservatives want to honour the result of the referendum and deliver a Brexit that protects our Union and jobs.
“I have always voted to deliver an orderly Brexit and will continue to do so.
“We must settle this, so that we are able to move on, unite our country and embrace our future opportunities.”
The following day, Ms Atkins voted in favour of the Government requesting an extension to Article 50, which was approved by the House of Commons.
Earlier that evening, Ms Atkins voted against an amendment which would have delayed Brexit in order to enable a further referendum.
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