Lib Dem Sarah Olney will vote to ‘override EU referendum’ after shock victory in Richmond Park by-election


Westminster’s newest MP has said she will vote to "override the referendum" after winning a shock result over ex-Tory Zac Goldsmith .

Lib Dem Sarah Olney said she would "absolutely" resist Brexit in its current form after her triumph in the Richmond Park by-election.

The pro-Remain accountant bulldozed Mr Goldsmith’s 23,015 majority after turning what he intended as a Heathrow expansion vote into a poll on Brexit .

She made clear her opposition to ‘Hard Brexit’ in on the campaign trail, confirming she would vote against triggering Article 50 .

Lib Dem Sarah Olney wins Richmond Park by-election beating Zac Goldsmith after ex-Tory quit over Heathrow runway

She insisted she did not want a re-run of the referendum itself – but does want a second referendum on the terms of Brexit .

According to the Press Association, Ms Olney told Sky News overnight: "It does look now as if we can have a vote in Parliament that might override the referendum.

"And I will, obviously, be voting to Remain because that is always what I have believed."

Asked if she would actively resist Brexit as an MP, she said: "Absolutely. Now I’ve been given this mandate."

Environmentalist Mr Goldsmith quit the party and forced a by-election when Theresa May announced a third runway would be built at Heathrow Airport.

But he had backed Leave while fighting one of Britain’s biggest Remain constituencies – some Ms Olney capitalised on.

She said in her victory speech the cause was "Brexit – it’s as simple as that.

"Most of the voters we spoke to were saying, ‘We are really alarmed at the direction Theresa May is taking the country in and we want to do something about it’."

MPs will get a vote on triggering Article 50 if the Supreme Court upholds a decision saying so by the High Court.

It is unlikely to succeed because Labour has already pledged not to block the two-year exit process.

Asked on Sunday if she wanted to re-run the referendum, she said: "No, that’s not what we’re saying.

"What I said in my campaign is that if Article 50 comes to parliament I will vote against invoking it and the Article 50 decision happened after the campaign started.

"What we really want, once it’s clear what terms we are going to leave the EU under, what it means for free trade, what it means for freedom of movement.

"Once we’re clear about all of those terms, to put that to the people in another vote so that they get a clear choice between the actual terms of leave and remain."

Asked if she was trying to "block" the referendum result she said: "Not at all, it’s about making sure we have carefully considered all of the implications of leaving the EU and we are making a considered decision."

Lib Dem Sarah Olney wins Richmond Park by-election beating Zac Goldsmith after ex-Tory quit over Heathrow runway