Andrew Adonis reacting to David Lidington's comments
David Lidington denied that the government is falling apart after seven government ministers, including Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay, voted against the Prime Minister's motion on the delay in withdrawing the EU.
He told today's program: "It was a free vote in that division yesterday. Now, what happens this morning is that the entire Cabinet has accepted the position that Parliament voted last night.
I worked very constructively with Steve Barclay from his appointment a couple of months ago, despite the fact that he and I were vigorously opposed to the debate during the referendum, and we are continuing to work very constructively together today and days to come. "
Mr. Lidington said he believed the resignation ministers had used the free vote as "an opportunity to record how unhappy they were with being in the position where we really don't have an option as a country if not to look an extension of our time in the European Union ".
He said that leaving March 29 without agreement remains the "legal default position", but the probability of this happening was "attenuated" after this week's votes.
He said he still hoped that the United Kingdom "will leave as soon as possible in an orderly fashion" by MPs who support Mrs May's withdrawal agreement next week.
The actual substitute of Theresa May, Cabinet Minister David Lidington, said the Christchurch attacks highlighted the need to "eradicate" the Islamophobia.
He told BBC Radio 4 Today program: "On behalf of the whole British government, I am sure that the entire British people would like to share the sense of shock and pain that must be felt throughout New Zealand today.
"Our hearts go particularly to the families of those who have lost people in New Zealand and also to the feelings of strong solidarity with Prime Minister Ardern and his government in New Zealand".
While I don't want to comment at this early stage on what might have been the motivation of the criminals in question, Islamophobia is bad. I know there will be Muslim constituents of mine and British Muslim citizens throughout the country who will be worried about New Zealand's reports and implications for their own security.
"All of us as a country, wherever we come from, whatever our lineage, whatever our political loyalty, we must show a sense of solidarity and friendship with our fellow British Muslims.
"They are part of our country, they contribute so much to life in so many aspects in the UK. They are welcome here, they are valuable parts of our community and we must show that friendship and solidarity and be very clear – through all political parties – we must eliminate Islamophobia and act against it wherever it is found ".
Shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner He said that the Labor Party is conducting discussions between parties in the search for "something that can become the consensus that Parliament solidifies around" as a solution to Brexit.
Mr. Gardiner said that the parties should be ready to accept that "none of us can think that this is perfectly suited to what we would ideally have wanted and proposed, but this is a way to unite the country".
We have always said that it will be the case that the option of a further public vote is there to stop a no-deal, to stop a bad deal. I think we should still try to reach an agreement and that's what we're working on for the work bench. "
Mr. Gardiner said that the Brexit extension requested by Theresa May last night was delivered only because of Labor votes.
"It was only because the Labor Party voted with Theresa May that the extension went on, because the government could not get its own government ministers to support that extension, which was its policy," he said.
"This is extraordinary and that is why Parliament must now regain control".
Activist Gina Miller he ruled out putting his name in the ring for Lib Dem's leadership competition after Sir Vince Cable announced that he would step down in May to make way for a "new generation".
He told BBC Radio 4 today: "No, no, no, I certainly won't."
Theresa May sent his condolences after 40 people were killed in two-mosque shootings in Christchurch.
Activist and entrepreneur Gina Miller believes that the time to ask for a second referendum is "when all else fails".
I don't think last night was the time to amend this amendment, "he told the Today program.
"Yesterday it was on the extension and the day before it was going to take the non-business from the table.
"First you have to try to exhaust all the other options, and if Parliament cannot solve it, then it goes back to the people."
An amendment requesting a new public vote, presented by Sarah Wollaston, The Independent Group, lost 334 votes to 85 last night with Jeremy Corbyn who told Labor MPs to abstain.
Barry Gardiner also called Labor will support a second referendum.
We of the Labor Party have lost the referendum, we have campaigned to stay.
"If it's [second referendum] the only way to stop a deal or a bad deal ".
Speaking to the Today program, Labor MP Barry Gardiner he said the party's mission is to bring unity after a turbulent week, citing yesterday's Question Time program.
"To see people in the audience discussing so aggressively with each other, this is what is happening now with Brexit. This is what Labor is trying to do with these crossovers."
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