For instance, the opposition Labour party has tabled an amendment calling on fellow MPs to support its alternative Brexit plan which would see the U.K. remain in a customs union with the EU among other closer links. Labour said if that proposal was rejected, it would support another Brexit referendum, sending it back to the British citizens.
These amendment votes are not legally binding but they give a useful indication of how Parliament feels about the direction Brexit is taking and they can influence the government’s direction.
Amendments can be powerful tools; May’s decision to offer a vote on a no-deal or delaying Brexit was spurred by both some of her ministers threatening to resign if there was a “no-deal” Brexit and by an amendment tabled that would ensure a delay to Brexit if there was a “no-deal” scenario.
March 12: MPs are to have what’s known as a “meaningful vote” on Theresa May’s current Brexit deal by March 12.
This will be the second such vote after a large majority of lawmakers voted against her deal in January.
The EU refused to renegotiate the deal but offered reassurances over the “Irish backstop” — a measure to prevent a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland if the U.K. and EU fail to agree a trade deal in a 21-month transition period after Brexit.
Critics say the deal has barely changed and is again unlikely to be approved. If it is approved, however, the U.K. will leave on March 29 with May’s deal.
March 13: If May’s Brexit deal fails to win approval from a majority of the U.K.’s MPs, they will get a vote on March 13 on whether they support a “no-deal” Brexit. A “no deal” would entail an abrupt departure from the bloc, no 21-month transition period and a reversion to WTO trading rules.