Today, Parliament are back in session with respect to Brexit and Theresa May's deal.
In the days events, there will be a debate, followed by voting on 7 different amendments to the Withdrawal Agreement. These 7 were selected by the Speaker for debate, and have a received a mixture of responses from all parties.
The following is the list of amendments to be voted on:
- A (Jeremy Corbyn) would tell the government to allow time for a debate and vote on options to prevent a no-deal Brexit
- O (Ian Blackford) requires the government to ask for Article 50 to be extended and demands Scotland not be taken out of the EU given it voted to Remain
- G (Dominic Grieve) would give MPs six full days to debate and vote on alternative Brexit options
- B (Yvette Cooper) would tell the government to allow time for a bid to postpone Brexit by nine months - if it has not managed to get a deal ratified in parliament by the end of February
- J (Grieve, Benn, Rachel Reeves) tells the government to ask the EU to delay Brexit if no deal has been passed in parliament by the end of February but gives no specification of how long for
- I (Dame Caroline Spellman) - at end, add “and rejects the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship.”.
- N (Sir Graham Brady) requires the backstop plan to prevent a hard border reforming on the island of Ireland to be "replaced with alternative arrangements"
Which of these amendments do you believe will pass today, if any? And where will this take the debate/Brexit, with exactly 2 months now until the supposed date we leave by?
The Speaker has narrowed it to two - the Brady (alternatives to the backstop) and Cooper (delaying Article 50) ammendments. The first is likely to pass, the second not. The PM has promised that if the result of Brady is nothing new from the EU, Parliament will still get to vote on extending Article 50, at least in general terms, although she refused to confirm it specifically.
Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Corbyn in discussion across the public House about the meaning of a delay to Article 50. Corbyn recommending her ammendment as it also means No Deal is ruled out.
Getting quite funny now on the questions from the Speaker enquiring if Jeremy Corbyn is giving way or not.
SNP contributions to Commons debates are always most tedious.
A- On who decides those options, No deal is the default. The EU have said we cannot renegioate
O- How cute, the EU would never agree to that.
G- See A
B- Interesting, could help Mrs May, but again if the EU agree.
J- See B
I- Keeping us in the EU via the backdoor
N- Could easily pass, but undermines Mays orignal deal.
Brady passes through, but with a slightly smaller majority than the vote against No Deal!
PM now doing her thing of hyping up what she will get from the EU - she doesn't seem to be able to resist and it will as usual bite her back, since there is no longer any reason for the EU to renegotiate. So it's coming back in chaos again in a few week's time.