On the day the UK was supposed to finally be leaving the EU, two years to the day since Theresa May submitted her letter triggering Article 50, MPs will once again debate the PM’s Brexit deal. But thanks to an intervention by the Speaker John Bercow, this vote will be slightly different. MPs are voting only on the withdrawal agreement – which covers the basic terms on which the UK will leave the EU – and not on the political declaration, which sets out the framework for the post-Brexit trading relationship between the two sides. “The debate is going ahead even though May is very likely to lose”, says The Guardian’s Andrew Sparrow. “Northern Ireland’s 10 DUP MPs have told me they will vote against it, which means 30 or 40 Tory ERG Brexiters will vote against it”, says The Spectator’s Robert Peston. “The EU deadline to pass the agreement and trigger a further six-week Brexit extension expires at … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s Brexit deal: what is the withdrawal agreement?
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Robert Peston 31 March 2019 7:31 PM 31 March 2019 7:31 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Some allies of the prime minister are desperate for a majority of MPs to back Ken Clarke’s motion to keep the UK in the customs union, at the close of round two of the Letwin process of the Commons bossing the government, Monday night. Yes you heard me right. They want MPs to vote for a plan that would drive a coach and whole herd of horses through the Tory election manifesto and would cleave the Conservative Party in two. To be clear, these are not ministers and officials who themselves are keen for the UK to agree a deal with the EU that would remove the requirement for customs checks to be reintroduced after Brexit. Au contraire. But they hope if it becomes the revealed will of the Commons to negotiate that kind of so-called soft Brexit – one which would keep the UK under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, and would prohibit … [Read more...] about May can still pass her Brexit deal on the fourth try – here’s how
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has told ministers that a third vote on her Brexit withdrawal deal might not happen if there is not enough support. May said to MPs in a letter on Friday: "If it appears there is not sufficient support to bring the deal back next week, or the House rejects it again, we can ask for another extension before April 12 - but that will involve holding European Parliament elections.” The letter was leaked by a BBC reporter on Twitter. After a two-day summit in Brussels, May secured a delay to the original departure date of 29 March to 22 May on the condition MPs approve her deal. If May fails to win the MPs' backing, the UK will have until 12 April to propose a new plan, or the UK could face a chaotic departure from the bloc. May's difficult task ahead The prime minister's Brexit deal has already been overwhelmingly rejected by MPs twice. She now has to change the minds of 75 or more MPs to get her deal approved, which she is due to bring back to the House … [Read more...] about Third vote on May’s Brexit deal might not happen
Top story: Speaker stuns May by blocking Brexit vote Hello, Warren Murray back with you to get Tuesday started. Theresa May’s attempts to bring about Brexit have been plunged into constitutional chaos after John Bercow blocked the PM from putting her deal to MPs for a third time unless it has fundamentally changed. The Speaker invoked House of Commons protocol dating back to 1604 that prevents a question being put a second time in the same session of parliament. It blindsided No 10, and cabinet will meet this morning as ministers grapple with how to engineer a way forward. The twist means May is likely to have to go to Thursday’s Brussels summit with a request for a long extension to article 50. The delay could mean the UK taking part in the European parliament elections. The EU is believed to be poised to formally offer a new, delayed leaving date – which might be enough to satisfy Bercow that the deal has changed sufficiently to be put to another vote. The extension … [Read more...] about Tuesday briefing: Bercow puts a spanner in the deal
Theresa May is gearing up for a third attempt to get her EU withdrawal deal through Parliament, after the plan was rejected by MPs once again this week. The Withdrawal Agreement, as it is officially known, is the modified version of the prime minister’s so-called Chequers Plan, agreed with the EU in November. May has lost two meaningful votes on the deal, with MPs rejecting it by a majority of 149 this week, and a historic 230-vote defeat in January. As the PM prepares to go for third time lucky, she is warning that failure to approve the plan will result in a delay to Brexit - or even no Brexit at all. But what exactly is the Withdrawal Agreement and why is it proving so unpopular with British lawmakers? What’s is the agreement? In essence, the agreement focuses on the three issues that the EU said must be dealt with before Britain leaves the bloc. The deal codifies the rights of UK citizens currently living in the EU27 states and of EU … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s Brexit deal: the key points explained