It’s said history repeats itself first as tragedy, then as farce. And there was something tragic about Theresa May trying three times to pass her Brexit deal through the House of Commons and failing at every attempt. But now the withdrawal agreement she agreed with the EU back in November 2018 is back on the agenda thanks to an apparent mistake in parliament. There’s the farce. An amendment to the bill attempting to stop a no deal Brexit appeared to pass by accident, meaning May’s deal will be debated and voted on a fourth time. The Claim The amendment was proposed by Labour MP Stephen Kinnock and was approved automatically when the government didn’t provide any tellers to count the “no” votes. If the bill makes it through the House of Lords with the amendment still attached the Commons will be legally required to have a fourth vote on the withdrawal agreement. It could create the odd situation where Theresa May, now a backbench Tory MP, votes against her own Brexit deal in order to stick to the party line. If she votes against the government she might have the whip removed and be deselected from the party. After being… Read full this story
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