THIS week the country’s MPs will be voting on one of the most important political decisions in recent memory, whether to accept Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

Here Bridgwater and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger gives his view:

"When it comes to voting I prefer to be, as they say, “on the side of the angels”. But the seraphim and cherubim of Westminster politics have not made up their minds on the EU issue yet.

"There are also many devils to be reckoned with, lurking in the legal details the Government was forced to publish after one of several defeats in the House of Commons.

"We are, without any shadow of a doubt, in choppy uncharted waters. As I write there are rumours Brussels might offer an olive branch. We shall see.

"Meantime the Prime Minister remains determined that her deal is the best way forward.

"Thousands of my constituents have contacted me to express serious doubt. I share their distrust about the Irish “Backstop”.

"We now know this could last for a very long time indeed and potentially lock us into the rules of the EU’s single market without any influence for ever more. That’s what the Attorney General says.

"Those who wish Britain to remain in the EU have also been writing, though in fewer numbers. Keen advocates of “Canada Plus” and the Norwegian option have reached for their pens too. My postbag is groaning. I value what you say even though we may not always agree.

"So, how will I cast my vote? This should not be settled by the toss of a coin or the cold print of our local paper. But I can tell you that I will certainly be voting.

"Several constituents have urged me to back a second referendum. I do not like the idea. How many questions would be asked and what would they be? We might as well have a referendum to decide if a second referendum is even necessary!

"Britain made up its mind on June 16th, 2016. End of story.

"What happens if the Prime Minister’s deal fails to win Parliamentary approval? Would this demonstrate a lack of confidence in Theresa May?

"Opposition parties are champing at the bit in the hope of provoking her resignation or sparking a general election.

"This course is risky. I could not support it. Extra delay and uncertainty might endanger the national interest.

"Suppose we tear up Article 50 and stay in the EU until a bit of domestic calm returns? This is what the legal advisers to the European Court now think is possible.

"But tearing up Article 50 involves passing a new law in the House of Commons. We all know how difficult that can be!

"If you are thinking “what a mess”, I sympathise. So, here’s a final hope. I find it impossible to believe that negotiating with Brussels is over. They need a deal as much as we do. Somehow, someday soon, it must be possible.

"Please keep sending me your views. I suggest you email direct to Parliament:

"Everyone will get a reply, but I urge you to be patient.

"My job is to listen and help make change happen."