PRO-EU Speaker John Bercow has wrecked Theresa May’s Brexit plans yet again today as he blocked one of her lifelines.
This morning the Speaker boosted the chances of the deal being rejected as he refused to allow any amendments on the PM’s motion today to woo over Labour.
MPs Gareth Snell and Lisa Nandy put forward a plan to give Parliament more say in the next stage of Brexit talks.
It would have allowed MPs to set the negotiating mandate for talks, something usually the PM would only have the power to set.
Mr Snell said last night it would “insure the country against who is the next Tory leader”.
Labour MPs who could have been won over to the deal are worried since the PM said she would step down if it passes.
They think the next Tory leader – who will be in charge of the next stage of trade talks with the EU – is more likely to be a hard Brexiteer like Boris Johnson or Dominic Raab, and will push their own version of Brexit on the country.
Labour Leaver John Mann told The Sun this week that 35 MPs could be ready to back the PM’s Brexit deal and halt the chance of a second referendum.
But at the start of today’s debate Mr Bercow said he wouldn’t allow any votes on any amendments – dashing the PM’s hopes of finally pushing her deal over the line.
He also rejected SNP amendments calling for Brexit to be halted or made dependent on the approval of the Scottish Parliament or Welsh Assembly.
But Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said today he would have accepted the Labour amendment – which could be enough to sway some Labour MPs over.
Mr Snell, whose Stoke on Trent constituency voted Leave, later said he was “minded” to vote for the deal on the basis of his promises.
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MPs will vote on just the PM’s deal later today – at around 2.30pm.
But they will only vote on the withdrawal agreement, as the political declaration has been ditched in order to make it different enough to pass Speaker Bercow’s test.
Last week he threw another spanner in the works by refusing to let the Government bring back the deal a third time as it was too similar to the last one.
MPs have repeatedly accused him of being biased over Brexit – and his wife even has a ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ sticker on her car.
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