Speaker Denies Johnson New Vote on Divorce Deal: Brexit Update

Monday - 21/10/2019 11:08
Johnson Revives Push to Get Brexit Deal Passed
Johnson Revives Push to Get Brexit Deal Passed
The U.K. government confirmed it will introduce its Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the crucial piece of law that will incorporate Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal into British statute, on Monday.

Boris Johnson was thwarted in his attempt to put his Brexit deal to a fresh vote in Parliament after suffering a defeat for his strategy on Saturday. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow rejected the government’s bid to try again to win approval in Parliament for the exit agreement the prime minister secured last week in Brussels.

Johnson is now expected to push ahead with fast-tracking the detailed legislation to implement his exit agreement as he battles to deliver Brexit before the Oct. 31 deadline.

Johnson’s Battle to Deliver Brexit: Here’s What Happens Next

Key Developments:

  • Speaker John Bercow ruled a second vote on Johnson’s Brexit deal cannot take place on Monday
  • Ministers said Sunday the government has enough support in Parliament to get Johnson’s Brexit deal ratified
  • DUP’s Jim Shannon says the party won’t back an amendment to the deal to keep the U.K. in a customs union with the EU, after Labour said it is seeking support for such a move
  • Government says it will introduce Brexit bill on Monday
  • Pound rises above $1.30 for the first time since May on speculation Johnson will win MPs’ backing for his Brexit deal this week

Bercow Bans New Vote on Brexit Deal Today (3:40 p.m.)

Commons Speaker John Bercow threw another obstacle in Johnson’s way, rejecting the prime minister’s attempt to put his Brexit deal to another vote, just two days after MPs debated it.

Bercow cited a parliamentary rule dating back to 1604 under which the government cannot repeatedly ask Parliament to vote on the exact same motion.

“It is clear that the motions are in substance the same,” Bercow said. “My ruling is therefore that the motion will not be debated today as it would be repetitive and disorderly to do so.”

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