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Brexit: MPs meet to vote on Boris Johnson’s deal in ‘super Saturday’ Commons session – live news

PM addresses Commons as Speaker John Bercow allows debate on Letwin amendment that would postpone support for new Brexit deal

Iain Duncan Smith rises and says he will back the deal. He calls on Oliver Letwin to remove his amendment, in order to give the people “a meaningful vote”.

The PM responds by saying it would be a great shame if the opportunity to have a meaningful vote “were to be taken away from us”. He stresses that he thinks Letwin is motivated by the best of intentions.

Bizarrely, the PM begins his response to the SNP’s Westminster leader by congratulating the England rugby team for their victory over Australia in the World Cup quarter-final.

It’s a great deal for all four home nations, says Johnson. The Scots will enjoy the benefit of their “spectacular marine wealth”, says the PM.

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Why Boris Johnson may not get his big Brexit vote after all

LONDON — U.K. MPs are preparing for a historic vote on Brexit — but a rebel plan could scupper Boris Johnson’s hopes of winning clear support for his deal.

The House of Commons will sit on a Saturday for the first time in 37 years to vote on the agreement the prime minister brought back from Brussels.

However, an amendment put forward by former minister Oliver Letwin, who was stripped of the Conservative whip last month after he voted against the prime minister, could mean Johnson doesn’t get a clear vote on his deal after all.

If the amendment wins support from a majority of MPs, it would withhold support for the Brexit deal until all the other legislation needed to pull the U.K. out of the EU has passed. This is key because Saturday is the deadline by which, under U.K. law, the government must get a deal through parliament or be forced to ask the EU27 for an extension to negotiations.

Letwin says he wants to ensure there is no danger that MPs could back Johnson’s deal this weekend but then run out of time to pass the withdrawal legislation before the October 31 Brexit deadline and risk leaving the EU without a deal by mistake.

Boris Johnson lost the support of his informal government partners, the DUP, but he has won the backing of senior figures in the pro-Brexit ERG.

The amendment is a significant blow for Johnson, who wants to give MPs a straight choice of his Brexit pact or leaving the EU without a deal.

Former Chancellor Philip Hammond, who was also stripped of the whip over a separate bid to delay Brexit, said Saturday could not be the final vote “because we do not know the full shape of the package.”

“The Letwin amendment gives us an insurance policy that prevents us having to look at this bill against the constant threat of the government to pull the plug and crash us out on 31 October,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today program. “We have to remove any risk of leaving on October 31 with no deal.”

All Saturday’s votes look very close. It is unclear whether the amendment, if called, would win the numbers needed to pass. The opposition Labour party has confirmed it will back it.

A vote on the deal itself is also on a knife-edge. Johnson lost the support of his informal government partners, the Democratic Unionist Party, but he has won the backing of senior figures in the pro-Brexit European Research Group of Tory MPs.

He is counting on a number of rebel Labour MPs to back his deal too — around 10 of whom have declared they will.

“I ask everyone to cast their mind forward to the end of today — and imagine what it could be like if the new Brexit deal has been approved,” Johnson wrote in the Sun newspaper this morning. “A difficult, divisive and — yes — painful chapter in our history would be at an end.”

A No.10 official said the government would “send everyone home” if they cannot have a clear vote on the deal, which would effectively boycott a vote on the Letwin amendment.

PM faces Brexit extension even if his deal is passed

Labour and former Tory MPs join in bid to force through extension with amendment on ‘super Saturday’

Boris Johnson’s plan to push through a Brexit deal on Saturday looks likely to be frustrated after an alliance of Labour and former Tory MPs united behind a plan to force a new extension.

After clinching a last-minute deal in Brussels on Thursday by agreeing to a customs border in the Irish Sea, the prime minister had hoped to frame the rare Saturday sitting of parliament as a dramatic “new deal or no deal” moment.

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Mark Carney: Brexit deal will boost flagging global economy

Bank of England governor says ‘flexible’ British economy will cope with life outside EU

The Brexit deal agreed between London and Brussels will boost growth and could be a turning point for the global economy, the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has said.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV in Washington Carney said: “It is good news that there is an agreement. I would expect the economy to pick up from quite a subdued pace.”

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Martin Rowson on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal – cartoon

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Hammond voices concern PM may be trying to dupe MPs into backing no deal

Former chancellor challenges Boris Johnson to show he will not use transition period to run down clock and leave without a deal in 2020

Philip Hammond suspects that Boris Johnson may be attempting to trick MPs into backing a “heavily camouflaged” no-deal Brexit amid claims that senior ministers are wooing hard Brexit supporters with the possibility of crashing out of Europe.

The former chancellor, who had the whip withdrawn for opposing no deal, has challenged the prime minister to show that he will not use the transition period to run down the clock and leave without an agreement in December 2020.

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The Guardian view on the Brexit vote: bin this bad deal | Editorial

Boris Johnson’s plan is far removed from the promises of the leave campaign and would be bad for the country. MPs must reject it

“Brexit means Brexit”, Theresa May’s catchphrase, helped the former prime minister navigate a profound political problem: there was no model of a future relationship with the EU that could satisfy all leave voters, and none was specified on the 2016 ballot paper.

The meaning of Brexit then evolved over three years, eventually becoming the deal that Boris Johnson has placed before parliament. This definition is a shrivelled facsimile of the product that was offered by the leave campaign. Pro-Brexit politicians never confronted the trade-offs involved in severing European ties that have developed over four decades. Instead, they dissembled and deceived, wielding the referendum result as a bludgeon to stifle debate.

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