Brexit: Speaker may block PM's push for Commons vote on his deal

Brexit: Speaker may block PM's push for Commons vote on his deal

Brexit: Speaker may block PM's push for Commons vote on his deal

The government was blocked from holding a meaningful vote on Mr Johnson's deal on Saturday, when a historic weekend sitting of parliament was hijacked by an amendment from former Tory MP Sir Oliver Letwin.

Catril said it appeared a deal would be done before Oct 31 but a great deal of uncertainty remained, including the possibility of a "confirmatory vote", or second Brexit referendum.

Bercow said there were two issues to consider in the ruling and these are of "substance" and "circumstance".

"This argument is for future relationship discussions, not a tool to be used to try and derail the deal being agreed", Mr Masterton posted on twitter.

It came after the House of Commons sat on Saturday to consider Johnson's European Union divorce deal in a vote that was seen as a potential turning point in the long-running Brexit saga.

The Government is still expected to introduce the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to the Commons on Monday in an attempt to push through legislation on Brexit before the Halloween deadline, with a crunch vote on its Second Reading due on Tuesday evening.

The unseemly missives to Brussels - called "silly" by critics - were prompted by the law enacted in September by Conservative rebels and opposition MPs to force the government to seek the extension if an agreement is not passed by the House of Commons by 11 pm on October 19.

Two things are against it: time and numbers.

Johnson's letters came after another tumultuous day in the House of Commons, which worked in a Saturday session for only the first time since the Falklands War in 1982.

The focus now moves to the withdrawal agreement bill, or WAB, which lays out the legal basis for the UK's withdrawal under treaty.

Eurosceptic members of his Conservative party have also pledged to back the legislation.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay urged lawmakers to back the bill and - more than three years after British voters narrowly voted to leave the European Union - "enable us to move onto the people's priorities like health, education and crime". These and other parliamentary devices will further challenge the government's ability to pass the required legislation by the October 31 deadline.

But there is no guarantee of majority support for the bill in Britain's fractious Parliament.

The third option is that Britain's departure, already delayed twice, will be postponed again.

"SNP MPs will not support the United Kingdom government's programme motion which will attempt to bulldoze through Parliament the toxic Brexit Bill - without a shred of scrutiny and would give the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly little more than a day to consider the bill", Mr Blackford said.

Johnson complied by sending the delay request on Saturday, while also stressing in a second letter that he personally did not want an extension.

This is despite the fact he did not sign it and also sent a second letter - which he did put his name to - that said a delay would be a mistake.

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "We have now entered the final, most intensive stage of the government's preparations for leaving the European Union without a deal by triggering Operation Yellowhammer".

The prime minister decided not to have a so-called "meaningful vote" on his deal in light of the Letwin amendment passing.

Tusk tweeted to confirm he had received the extension request and said that he would now consult European Union leaders "on how to react".

"We will have somewhat more clarity in the coming days, and we will then exercise our responsibility and quickly make a decision", Germany's Peter Altmaier said.

"What we are trying to achieve is that this deal in particular, but any deal, is put up against Remain in a referendum", the party's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer told the BBC.

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