Ahead of the debate, 4 amendments were selected by the Speaker for consideration:
Amendment A (Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's amendment) which rejects the deal because it fails to provide a permanent customs union and "strong single market deal", as set out in Labour's "six tests", rejects leaving with no deal and resolves to "pursue every option" that prevents either no deal or leaving on the basis of the current deal.
Amendment K (SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford's amendment) which declines to approve Theresa May's Brexit deal "in line with the views of the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly that they would be damaging for Scotland, Wales and the nations and regions of the UK as a whole", and calls for the UK's departure from the EU to be delayed until another withdrawal deal is agreed.
Amendment B (Tory MP Sir Edward Leigh) which makes clear the Northern Ireland backstop is temporary and should remain temporary and calls for assurance that, if the backstop doesn't end by the close of 2021, this will be treated as a fundamental change of circumstances and would terminate the Withdrawal Treaty on 1 January 2022.
Amendment F (Tory MP John Baron's amendment) gives the UK the right to terminate the Northern Ireland backstop without the agreement of the EU.
The Speaker says if the Corbyn amendment is agreed he will then move to the original question; but if it is not he will then move onto the Blackford amendment.
If the Blackford amendment isn’t approved he will then move on to the Leigh amendment and if that is not approved he will then move on to the Baron amendment.
If any of the four amendments are approved by the Commons the Speaker will then immediately move to a vote on the original motion.
Friendly reminder that the British people have a already voted to leave the EU. That is no longer up for serious debate. The debate is between May’s deal and no deal.
(Original post by Official House of Commons)
Hi all, great to see everyone discussing the 'meaningful vote' on this thread. For anyone unsure of exactly what it's about, here's Liam Laurence Smyth - the Clerk of Legislation in the House of Commons with an explanation
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Father of the House Kenneth Clarke is the first of around 71 backbenchers who will now partake in the debate up until the vote.
Interesting seeing how angry some leading Tory backbenchers are about the way they get treated by the No 10 spin machine and Theresa May's secretive and autocratic management style. Dominic Grieve in particular is obviously incensed about it and he's a very good man, one of the Tories who are genuinely principled. Much of the chaos that will shortly arrive is due to the Prime Minister's conduct.