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Constitutional chaos after third vote on Brexit deal blocked

Prime minister likely to have to request long article 50 extension after Bercow intervenes

Theresa May’s government has been plunged into constitutional chaos after the Speaker blocked the prime minister from asking MPs to vote on her Brexit deal for a third time unless it had fundamentally changed.

With 11 days to go until Britain is due to leave the EU, May was forced to pull her plans for another meaningful vote because John Bercow said she could not ask MPs to pass the same deal, after they rejected it twice by huge margins. EU officials, meanwhile, were considering offering her a new date for a delayed Brexit to resolve the crisis.

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DUP unlikely to back May’s Brexit deal before EU meeting

PM had hoped to win unionist party’s support before Thursday

The Democratic Unionist party is unlikely to strike an agreement with Theresa May’s government to support the current withdrawal deal before Thursday’s crunch meeting with EU leaders, sources said on Monday.

With 11 days before the UK is due to leave the EU, the prime minister has been trying to convince the pro-Brexit party’s 10 MPs, who prop up her minority government, to back the Brexit deal she has agreed with the European Union.

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John Bercow’s ruling has breathed new life into the people’s vote | Polly Toynbee

The Speaker is right to seize back sovereignty for the Commons against the abuse of power by May and her chaotic government

Brexit fatigue and Brexit bullying are Theresa May’s instruments of torture to grind recalcitrant MPs into passing her destructive deal. No more, says the Speaker: this war of attrition must stop. Her deal must change and if she brings one back, it must be “fundamentally different”. How different? He can’t say until he sees what plan, if any, she will present.

Rightly John Bercow complains of time wasted, of running down the clock as she tries to crush MPs against the concrete wall she herself constructed. No 10 was not forewarned of the Speaker’s ruling. Oddly, the Brexiteers were sounding pleased, presuming her deal as it stands can’t pass. They hope that no-deal beckons – still the legal certainty unless parliament passes something else. But the champion of the house will guarantee that MPs get the chance to stop no-deal dead.

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The Guardian view on Speaker Bercow: on parliament’s side | Editorial

The Commons equivalent of the double jeopardy rule is rightly invoked to impose sense on a government elevating a plebiscitary politics over a parliamentary one

This country has been in a political and constitutional quandary since the results of the Brexit referendum in June 2016. Today the crisis deepened in a dramatic and decisive way. The Commons Speaker John Bercow said he was minded not to allow the government to bring back its Brexit deal for a third meaningful vote because it breaks parliamentary convention. Mr Bercow has history – going back all the way to 1604 – on his side. Under the “same question, same session” rule MPs cannot be asked to decide a question they have already decided in the same session. It’s the parliamentary equivalent of the double jeopardy rule. “Decisions of the house matter. They have weight,” he said.

Theresa May has tried to use votes in parliament to grind her opponents down until they accepted the only Brexit that would work was hers. This strategy involved ignoring decisions of parliament. MPs voted to take the date of the UK leaving the European Union of 29 March 2019 out of law – but ministers did nothing. Parliament voted against a no-deal Brexit – but it remained as the default option in statute. It is time to stop the prime minister playing a game of chicken with the future of the country. The speaker, representing the collective voice of parliament, has a duty to uphold the legislature’s supremacy over the government and the judiciary. Mr Bercow is right to remind the government that it cannot go on ignoring the will of the House.

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EU could hand May lifeline with formal offer of new Brexit date

Move might convince Commons Speaker John Bercow that deal before MPs has changed

The EU is set to offer Theresa May a helping hand after her plan for a new meaningful vote was derailed, by formally agreeing on a new delayed Brexit date at this week’s summit and keeping it on offer until shortly before midnight on 29 March.

A change of the UK’s departure date in the draft withdrawal agreement – potentially from 29 March until three months later on 1 July – might convince the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, that the deal before parliament has changed, sources in Brussels suggested.

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The ERG tribes Theresa May must win over to pass her Brexit deal

Even if she gets her plan past the DUP, the prime minister must persuade distinct sub-groups within the Tory faction

While much focus is currently on whether Democratic Unionist MPs will change their minds and vote for Theresa May’s Brexit deal, even if they do this the prime minister faces an arguably bigger challenge to get her plan through the Commons: the European Research Group.

Chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg, the ERG brings together many strongly pro-Brexit Conservative MPs, the great majority of whom have, so far, voted against her deal.

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No 10 says it won’t call Brexit vote this week unless it has ‘prospect of success’ – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen

Here are the main points from the Downing Street lobby briefing.

Exclusive -- No 10 is telling MPs that Olly Robbins will go once they pass her deal. By @nicholascecil and me.

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The European Union needs to know the next move from Westminster, before deciding on a Brexit extension, EU foreign ministers have said.

Belgium’s foreign minister, Didier Reynders, said the EU was awaiting a clear signal from London:

We are not against an extension in Belgium, but the problem is to do what?

Of course, if it is possible to avoid a no-deal situation it would be better. We are sure that a no-deal would be a lose-lose situation for both sides, but we are prepared.

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