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Speaker says May cannot have vote on same Brexit deal

In a surprise statement to MPs, John Bercow says government cannot bring meaningful vote back to parliament again unless substantial changes have been made to the prime minister’s Brexit deal. The Speaker said there had been much speculation about another meaningful vote after MPs expressed concerns about being asked to vote on May’s deal more than once
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Theresa May has won legally binding changes to her Brexit deal after talks in Strasbourg

The Prime Minister says she’s WON legally binding changes to Brexit deal in last-ditch bid to avoid crushing defeat.

Talks went on late into the night this evening as Brexiteers consider whether it will be enough to ease their fears that the hated Northern Irish backstop would turn us into an EU colony forever.

The Prime Minister is due to hold a second ‘meaningful vote’ on her Brexit deal in the House of Commons tomorrow but she’s not been able to secure all the changes she wants.

Talks went on late into the night this evening as Brexiteers consider whether it will be enough to ease their fears that the hated Northern Irish backstop would turn us into an EU colony forever.

As tomorrow’s Brexit vote remained on a knife edge, Mrs May told reporters her deal had secured the changes it needed for MPs to back her in the Commons.

The PM was “in negotiations” with EU bosses all evening, her deputy David Lidington said this evening.

Mrs May and her aides all looked pleased when they arrived in France this evening and went into talks about how to get the Brexit deal through.

She will still hold a second vote on her Brexit deal tomorrow – and could be expected to suffer a loss as the talks dragged on and on.

The documents revealed two sides agreed a joint interpretative instrument which commits the UK and EU “to work together to replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by December 2020.”

And it also included an addition to our future relationship outline – saying both sides will “expedite the negotiation and bring into force” the future partnership.

But talks appeared to be stuck over the final point – a UK statement which would help the Attorney General change his legal advice on whether the backstop would last forever or not.

Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer said the tweaks “adds nothing” to the deal and it still wouldn’t be good enough for them to get behind.

Iain Duncan Smith demanded the Attorney General come back to the Commons tomorrow to explain his expert opinion on the new deal.

He suggested the PM delay the vote for a day so MPs could properly consider the fresh text.

Mrs May’s scramble across to Europe was accidentally slipped out by Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney earlier, who said Mrs May was going “to try and finalise an agreement, if that’s possible”.

The Irish cabinet met too this evening, and the DUP’s Arlene Foster was in London talking to her MPs.

Top Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg said it was “too early to tell” but said it was “clearly a step in the right direction”.

Brexiteer Steve Baker said this evening he was waiting to see the text of the deal, telling Sky News: “We may or may not be able to support it.

“If in 5 to 10 years we found ourselves trapped in the backstop, in the customs union, people would rightly curse the day we had voted for the withdrawal agreement and ask why we’d been so weak.”

He added on Radio 4 it appeared tonight’s agreement was “something that has fallen short of what was expected”.

Their group of lawyers will meet tomorrow to analyse whether they think Britain can exit the backstop or not.

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Breaking news: Watch the moment Theresa May loses Brexit vote

Theresa May has lost the long-awaited ‘meaningful vote’ on her Brexit deal.

Some 432 MPs voted against the withdrawal agreement – a defeat of 230 votes, the biggest government loss in history.

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May Faces Brexit Based Vote of No Confidence!

After five days of most MPs adding nothing to the meaningless debate, except attempts to re-run the 2016 referendum through scripted speeches, the PM inevitably lost her ‘meaningful vote’ last night by the heftily meaningful margin of 230 votes.

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Now, after the Grieve amendment that the Speaker broke all the rules to allow, the PM gets until Monday evening next week to come back to the House with her proposals of where we go next.

So she could have kept quiet and see if an opposition party would come up with a vote of no confidence.

But what she actually did was copy the tactic she used so successfully back in December when she won a vote of confidence in her party leadership, which came about because 48 or more of her backbenchers wrote to the chairman of the party’s 1922 committee.

That vote was triggered on the 11th December and under Tory party rules the vote could have been held “as soon as possible in the circumstances prevailing”. So Mrs May could have timetabled it for maybe a week later.

But what she did do was call it immediately, for the next evening.

This only gave her opponents 24 hours to get their act together.

And she did exactly the same thing last night.

As soon as the vote was announced she stood up and said that if Jeremy Corbyn tabled a motion of no confidence that evening, then the debate and vote would be timetabled for the next day.

She did not wait for Corbyn to marshal his forces and do it at a time of his own choosing, May took charge of the agenda.

This severely limits the opportunities for the opposition to get to and influence her own backbenchers.

It also shifts the whole debate away from Brexit for a short while, which has an added benefit for Brexiteers, in that it is one more full day of Brexit debate, or more precisely anti-Brexit debate, removed from the house.

There are today only 72 days remaining until the UK leaves the EU under both UK statute law and EU law.

But it may as well be 71 days, as today is written off for MPs where Brexit is concerned.

May’s challenge to Labour, which was instantly accepted, has probably resulted in an increase of the chances of her staying in Number Ten. And that of course would be her overriding, primary aim.

Now I’ve no doubt she will win tonight and that will give her breathing room to pursue her next move, whatever that might be.

Brexiteers must continue to argue and campaign for the UK to leave the EU at 11pm on the 29th March 2019.

Brexiteer MPs must work hard to ensure that all attempts to interfere with any aspect of the Withdrawal Act 2018 are nipped in the bud.

And just to give Brexiteers a boost, the Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom has announced this morning that the government will NOT be seeking an extension of the Article 50 process.

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