21 October 2019 20:32

Brexit Jean-Claude Juncker Theresa May

John Bercow has only 10 days left as Speaker. But you can be sure he's going to make the absolute most of them. He's going to suck up every last drop of sweet, sweet drama, like a small boy slurping the dregs of a slushy. This afternoon Boris Johnson hoped to hold a vote on his Brexit deal. But to do so, he needed the permission of the Speaker.

Mr Bercow sprang importantly to his feet, unfurled the manuscript of his ruling, and proceeded, with booming aplomb, to declaim. He clearly loves moments like this. Which is presumably why he draws them out so long. It's like watching some crucial moment of The X Factor: the way Simon Cowell makes everyone wait and wait to hear his decision, the studio... House of Commons Speaker John Bercow says no to a vote on the Brexit deal | Hollie Adams/Getty Images John Bercow disallows second vote on Brexit deal MPs will now vote Tuesday on legislation turning the Brexit deal into UK law. LONDON — House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said he would not allow a vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal Monday. Bercow invoked a parliamentary convention, dating back to 1604, that says the same question cannot be put to MPs more than once within the same parliamentary session. "It is clear that the motions are in substance the same, however this matter was decided fewer than 49 hours ago," Bercow told MPs. "It is hard to see a significant change of circumstances that would warrant a reconsideration on the next sitting day." Bercow's decision prevents the U.K. government from holding an indicative vote to demonstrate support for its Brexit deal. Instead, the government will on Tuesday present the Withdrawal Agreement Bill — needed to turn the Brexit deal into law — for its second reading (the first is a formality). This will be the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main elements of the deal and their first vote on the legislation. No amendments can be proposed at this stage, except so-called "reasoned amendments" seeking to vote down the whole bill and providing reasons for doing so. Bercow said this course of action was allowed under parliamentary rules. If MPs back the bill on Tuesday, then amendments can be proposed later in the legislative process and so there is no guarantee after this first vote that the bill will pass through parliament without conditions attached. Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has said Labour would put forward amendments for the U.K. to remain in the EU customs union and for a referendum to be attached to Johnson's deal. Bercow ruled last March that the same parliamentary convention prevented Theresa May from asking MPs to vote on her Brexit deal for the third time. Instead, May decided to separate the two parts of the agreement she had struck with Brussels and asked MPs to vote twice on March 29, first on her Withdrawal Agreement and then on the Political Declaration that sets out how both sides see the future relationship between the U.K. and the EU but is not legally binding. Please enable cookies on your web browser in order to continue. The new European data protection law requires us to inform you of the following before you use our website: We use cookies and other technologies to customize your experience, perform analytics and deliver personalized advertising on our sites, apps and newsletters and across the Internet based on your interests. By clicking "I agree" below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms. See our Privacy Policy and Third Party Partners to learn more about the use of data and your rights. You also agree to our Terms of Service.