SPEAKER John Bercow provoked howls of fury by again threatening to block Theresa May’s third big vote on Brexit.
For the second time in a fortnight he threw a major spanner into the Government’s plans to bring back her Meaningful Vote or a third time by suggesting it would breach Parliamentary rules.
John Bercow has threatened to block Theresa May’s third big vote on her Brexit deal[/caption]
The Speaker warned Mrs May her deal must have changed from the last time she brought it forward and she cannot use a procedural device known as a ‘paving motion’ .
Last Wednesday Bercow used ancient rules from 1604 that say the same proposal cannot be put before the House repeatedly.
He said that he would block a ‘paving motion’ where MPs vote to say they want a third vote, before the vote.
Bercow has been accused by some MPs of being a Remainer bent on thwarting Brexit.
He told MPs: “I understand that the government may be thinking of bringing meaningful vote three before the house either tomorrow or even on Friday, if the house opts to sit that day.
“Therefore, in order that there should be no misunderstanding, I wish to make clear that I do expect the government to meet the test of change.
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“They should not seek to circumvent my ruling by means of tabling either a notwithstanding motion or a tabling motion.
“The table office has been instructed that no such motions will be accepted.”
Nikki da Costa, former director of legislative affairs in Downing Street said: “This is extraordinary and extremely inflammatory in a long series of inflammatory actions.”
The Speaker warned Mrs May her deal must have changed from the last time[/caption]
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