John Bercow denies Boris Johnson second vote on Brexit deal

Cheryl Sanders
October 22, 2019

All eyes are on the Commons Speaker as he decides whether to allow the vote to take place on Monday amid concerns that he may reject it because of parliamentary rules.

But Mr Bercow said that the circumstances and the substance of the motion were the same as Saturday's and that it should not be debated on Monday because convention preventing the same matter being discussed twice.

But will there be another vote on the deal, and if so when?
. MPs voted overwhelmingly to trigger Article 50 in 2017 to start the process of leaving the European Union and supporting this bill is the final stage to make that happen.

Downing Street said the Government was "disappointed" with the Speaker's ruling, and would now go ahead with the introduction of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

And he added: "Today's circumstances are in substance the same as Saturday's circumstances".

The British government was forced to send a letter requesting an extension after its parliament approved on Saturday an amendment calling for a postponement of Brexit, prompting Johnson to withdraw the planned vote on the agreement.

The WAB is the legally-binding treaty that must be passed for the United Kingdom to leave the bloc, while the Government must also win a meaningful vote.

This week MPs will have the chance to pass this bill, to respect the result of the referendum and to leave with a deal on October 31 in an orderly and friendly way.

"MPs and Peers today have in front of them a bill that will get Brexit done by October 31, protect jobs and the integrity of the United Kingdom, and enable us to move onto the people's priorities like health, education and crime".

But, with no Commons majority, Mr Johnson faces a major battle to achieve his cast-iron pledge.

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth told Today: "We are not attempting to wreck it, we are attempting to safeguard the British economy, safeguard jobs and safeguard public services".

MPs will therefore have a say on whether they want the customs union to be part of that.

Under the terms of the Benn Act, which was passed against the PM's wishes, Johnson was compelled to write to the European Union asking for a three-month Brexit extension if he had not secured a deal by 11pm on October 19.

As you can imagine from the above, there are still quite a few hurdles that Johnson needs to overcome to get his Brexit deal across the finish line.

Now that the deadline has passed, the hearing is set to resume today, but the Prime Minister's attempts to avoid requesting an extension raises questions about whether the court views the unsigned letter - and second contradictory letter - as obeying the law.

The letters were sent after former Tory minister Sir Oliver Letwin handed Mr Johnson an embarrassing defeat in the Commons. "This was being seen by No10 as a wrecking motion, as it would see the PM pull the whole bill rather than agreeing to no new trade deals - resulting in a new delay".

Labour accused Mr Johnson of behaving like a "spoiled brat".

We can not systematically reopen negotiations, make agreements and then, once agreed, do not pass the United Kingdom parliament.

The speaker's decision infuriated Brexiteers and leaves the deal vulnerable to opposition amendments in favour of a second referendum and a customs union.

EU Commission president Donald Tusk confirmed at 10pm on Saturday that he had received the prime minister's request, tweeting: "The extension request has just arrived".

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