Boris Johnson faces a vote on his Brexit deal blocked again today - despite mounting signs that the government has the numbers to win. Commons Speaker John Bercow looks set to infuriate ministers by refusing to allow a showdown later. Mr Bercow branded the idea of a re-run 'irregular' over the weekend, after Remainer MPs denied the PM approval for his deal and forced him to ask the EU for an extension. But a formal ruling against the vote this afternoon could cause a huge meltdown - with many Tories accusing the Speaker of twisting the rules to try to stop Brexit. It would again delay the moment of truth on Mr Johnson's deal, with legislation expected to be brought forward tomorrow. The premier's chances of getting the implementation law through in time for the UK to leave the EU by his 'do or die' date of October 31 are likely to hang on whether he can get support for a 'programme motion' - which will dictate a tight schedule for the stages in Parliament. Usually it takes … [Read more...] about Will John Bercow BLOCK new vote on PM’s Brexit deal? Speaker is set to deny bid for Commons showdown today despite backing from up to 15 Labour MPs – as Jeremy Corbyn plots ambush to force second referendum
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Speaker John Bercow today sparked fury by blocking Boris Johnson's latest bid to trigger a vote on his Brexit deal. MPs denied the PM 'in principle' approval for his deal over the weekend, instead postponing the showdown and obliging him to ask the EU for an extension. A fresh effort to stage the vote was turned down by Mr Bercow this afternoon, despite Tories accusing him of 'sabotage' to stop Brexit and branding him a 'poor man's Cromwell'. He insisted the 'meaningful' vote would break the Commons convention against asking MPs the same question twice in quick succession. 'It is clear that the motions are in substance the same,' he said. 'The motion will not be debated today as it would be repetitive and disorderly to do so.' But senior Tory Bernard Jenkin was among those who protested about the ruling in the House. While admitting Speakers cannot always please everyone, he jibed: 'It is becoming remarkable how often you please … [Read more...] about Fury as Speaker John Bercow BLOCKS fresh bid by Boris Johnson to trigger a vote on his Brexit deal – with ministers vowing to force legislation through Parliament this week
Back to the (original) backstop? By conceding that any customs border will have to be in the Irish Sea, Boris Johnson appears to have revived the possibility of a Brexit deal. But the focus on the politics of the Irish border risks missing the implications of his proposals for the economy of the UK as a whole. And, as we reveal in our report for The UK in a Changing Europe, these are significantly worse than was the case for Theresa May’s Brexit plan. Indeed, Johnson’s motivations for ditching May’s withdrawal agreement have little if anything to do with Northern Ireland. Rather, it is because the new prime minister sees the ultimate relationship the UK should have with the EU very differently to his predecessor. Gone is the notion that a shared customs territory and close regulatory alignment on goods should form a “bridge” to the long-term relationship. As Johnson put it himself in his letter to Jean-Claude Juncker: “The backstop acted as a bridge … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal would make people worse off than Theresa May’s
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Jacob Rees-Mogg admitted he might have to 'eat his words' to back Boris Johnson's Brexit deal today - as he urged Tory hardliners to compromise. The Leader of the Commons - who was a thorn in the side of Theresa May before joining Mr Johnson's government - said there were 'positive' signs an agreement could be struck with the EU. He was pressed on whether the blueprint being considered was similar to one floated by Mrs May, which he dismissed at the time as 'cretinous'. 'We'll have to find out in a day or two whether I'll have to eat my words or not - time will tell,' he told Sky News. 'There's a line from Churchill saying that he often had to eat his words and he found it to be a very nourishing diet - and that is something that happens in politics.' However, Mr Rees-Mogg said he was ready to 'trust' the PM on the package, pointing out that he had led the Leave campaign in the referendum. The minister was deployed to reassure Tory … [Read more...] about Jacob Rees-Mogg admits he might have to ‘eat his words’ to back Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal as he urges fellow Tory hardliners to compromise
brexit countdown_bg Created with Sketch. Michel Barnier dramatically upped the stakes in the Brexit end game today as he set a midnight deadline for the EU and UK to have agreed a divorce deal. Downing Street has refused to sign up to the proposed cut-off point for a legal text to have been finalised as it said Britain would continue to work to get a deal done 'as soon as possible'. Mr Barnier believes a blueprint must be agreed by close of play this evening if there is to be any chance of a deal being signed off by European leaders at a crunch EU summit on Thursday and Friday. If no accord can be struck within the next 48 hours then the focus of that summit in Brussels - the final one scheduled before the October 31 divorce date - will shift to whether to offer the UK a delay. Below are all of the answers to all of the key questions as Brexit enters its most volatile phase yet. When does Michel Barnier believe a … [Read more...] about Will the UK meet Michel Barnier’s midnight Brexit deal deadline? And what will happen if no agreement has been hammered out before a crunch EU summit starts on Thursday?