The FT’s UK political commentator Robert Shrimsley recounts the mistakes that have led to the prime minister’s inevitable departure. Mrs May signalled the end to her premiership on a dramatic night in the Commons this week.
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The ever-evolving chaos over Brexit has taken yet another twist tonight.
Prevented by the Speaker from putting Mrs May’s EU deal to the Commons a third time, the Government has split the measure in two…detaching the Withdrawal Agreement from the Political Declaration about the future after Brexit, hoping thereby to attract enough votes at least to agree to leave the EU. The DUP are still saying they will vote No and so are others. The prospect of the Government winning is still very much in the balance.
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Sin acuerdo sobre el brexit en la cámara de los comunes. El Parlamento británico aprueba tan solo prorrogar la fecha de salida del Reino Unido de la Unión Europea.
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House of Commons speaker John Bercow this afternoon threatened new Brexit chaos by throwing doubts over Theresa May’s efforts to get her deal through the Commons by Friday.
The Prime Minister has been considering announcing her resignation date this afternoon to win the support of Brexiteer rebel MPs in return for getting her EU divorce across the line at the third attempt.
But the Speaker warned the government today that her deal must have changed from the last time she brought it forward for a vote – and she cannot use a procedural device known as a ‘paving motion’ to get around him.
Bercow has already been accused of having Remainer sympathies and trying to thwart Britain leaving the EU.
May’s government insists that a new Brexit date agreed with the EU and clarifications to the backstop announced at a summit in Brussels amount to a ‘significant change’.
The Speaker alone will decide if the change is sufficient and is expected to announce the night before if he will block a third vote.
Mister Speaker says Prime Minister May cannot use a procedural device known as a ‘paving motion’ to get around him. Bercow has already been accused of having Remainer sympathies and trying to thwart Britain leaving the EU.