Brexit: John Bercow rules out third meaningful vote on same deal

Speaker says PM cannot bring back deal to parliament without substantial changes

The House of Commons Speaker has thwarted any attempt by Theresa May to bring back a third meaningful vote to parliament, unless there has been substantial change to the Brexit deal.

In a shock move likely to infuriate the prime minister, John Bercow suggested he believed such a fundamental change would involve a renegotiation at EU level, rather than clarification of the legal advice written by the attorney general, something that had been suggested this week.

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The Speaker’s ruling out of a third meaningful vote on the same deal has blasted the prime minister’s plans off course

It has been clear for some time now that John Bercow sees himself as a leading protagonist in our political drama, not some bystander. Even before Theresa May’s deal was bogged down in parliamentary trench warfare, the Commons Speaker had styled himself as a warrior on behalf of the legislature, defending it against arrogant incursions by government. But kicking May’s withdrawal agreement out of the chamber altogether is a ferocious escalation.

The premise is procedural and venerable. Erskine May, the vast tome in which are accumulated the various rules and conventions governing parliamentary business, decrees that the same motion cannot be debated twice in one parliamentary session. And since May’s Brexit deal was rejected last week, Bercow believes that the prime minister cannot simply come back tomorrow – as had been planned – and ask MPs to reconsider. What was billed as a third “meaningful vote” would need some substantial revision of content to qualify as truly meaningful in the Speaker’s eyes.

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Parliament speaker rules out vote on same Brexit deal

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow on Monday ruled out holding another vote on its Brexit agreement if the motion remains “substantially the same.”

Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been rejected twice by MPs but was due to be voted on again by Wednesday if the government thought there was a good chance of the deal passing.


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[Ticker] Blow for May as third vote on Brexit deal ruled out

The Speaker of the UK parliament on Monday warned the government it could not bring its Brexit deal to the House of Commons for a third vote, after it was previously rejected twice. John Bercow said the rules stated a bill could not be put again to a vote unless it was "substantially" changed. May lost the first vote by 230 votes, and a second vote by 149 votes.

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