CONSERVATIVE MPs in the area voted along party lines as the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal was defeated for the third time in the House of Commons.

Kit Malthouse, MP for North West Hampshire; Devizes MP Claire Perry; and Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North, reiterated their support for Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement this (Friday) afternoon.

In dramatic scenes in the House of Commons, MPs voted by 344 to 286 against the deal as hundreds of protesters staged a noisy demonstration outside on the day when the UK was due to leave the European Union.

Some 34 Conservative rebels ignored a last-ditch plea from the prime minister to take "the last opportunity to guarantee Brexit" and consigned her deal to its third humiliating defeat.

The result of the crunch vote means that the UK has missed an EU deadline to secure an extension of the Brexit process and leave with a deal on May 22.

Mrs May now has until April 12 to go back to Brussels with new proposals and seek a longer extension to the negotiation process, or see the UK leave without a deal that day.

This comes after the yesterday’s resounding rejection of all eight Brexit-related proposals in the House of Commons vote.

The next stage in the Brexit voting process is a second day of indicative voting on April 1.