ALL three of the region's MPs voted against a cross-party plan to hold a series of votes to help determine the next steps in the Brexit process.

A measure to begin 'indicative voting' in the House of Commons was held last night, being passed by 329 votes to 302.

This means MPs can potentially dictate the business of the Commons - normally controlled by the government - for days to come, voting on a series of options of where to take Brexit.

Overall, 30 Conservative MPs to defy the whips and support the cross-party amendment, though Maria Miller, Ranil Jayawardena and Kit Malthouse, MPs for Basingstoke, North East Hampshire and North West Hampshire respectively, all toed the party line.

The vote came after the prime minister Theresa May acknowledged that she still did not have sufficient support to bring back her deal to the Commons for a third "meaningful vote".

She said she would continue her efforts to build support for the deal - defeated by 230 votes in January and 149 votes in March - and stage a vote before the end of the week.

The European Council last week set a deadline of Friday for her to secure parliamentary approval for her Withdrawal Agreement if the UK is to leave the EU with a deal on May 22.

If she cannot get it through the Commons, then the UK has until April 12 to propose a different approach or crash out of the EU without a deal.

Additional reporting by PA.