Brexit: Speaker rules out third meaningful vote

Brexit: Speaker rules out third meaningful vote

Brexit: Speaker rules out third meaningful vote

But after the Speaker, John Bercow, ruled the prime minister can not put her deal to parliament unchanged for a third "meaningful vote", her spokesman conceded it is now too late to leave with a deal.

The UK pound was sliding again on Monday as traders reacted to news that prime minister Theresa May was being blocked from putting forward her Brexit deal for another parliamentary vote this week.

The Speaker cited the Commons rulebook Erskine May as he set out a convention dating back to 1604 that a defeated motion can not be brought back in the same form during the course of a parliamentary session.

He said a new measure would need to be fundamentally different in substance to allow for a vote.

Ms Loiseau's approach has echoed the tone set by president Emmanuel Macron, who has warned he could block an extension to Article 50, scheduled for March 29, if the United Kingdom does not come up with new choices to justify it.

"It is simply meant to indicate the test which the Government must meet in order for me to rule that a third meaningful vote can legitimately be held in this parliamentary session".

"We're due to leave the European Union in 11 days, and there is no plan, there is no certainty, and this country is crying out for it, especially business".

During this morning's cabinet meeting, Andrea Leadsom, Liam Fox and Chris Grayling all spoke out strongly against a long delay, leaving open the possibility they may quit rather than support such a plan.

One way to short-circuit Bercow's injunction would be to flicker the light switches in Parliament, declaring an end to the current session and starting a new one, legal experts said. But even if Britain does win an extension and organises its elections for the Brussels body in May, EU policymakers fear it could play a spoiler role in the bloc's discussions. The problem for May is that negotiations have finished and time has nearly run out before the due to leave the bloc on March 29.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow rules out a third vote on the same Brexit deal
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow rules out a third vote on the same Brexit deal

We the people did not vote for a deal, we voted to LEAVE. First, MPs voted down Prime Minister Theresa May's new Brexit deal with the EU.

He has already met a number of European Union leaders in recent days - including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Also on Tuesday, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters that if Mrs May requests an extension, it will be for EU leaders to "assess the reason and the usefulness" for such a request. "While we previously thought a short extension was likely, we have changed our minds and now expect a long extension (60% likely versus 30% probability of a short extension)". May's strategy for coercing lawmakers into endorsing her Brexit deal.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he saw "cautious signs of encouragement" that the deal might make it through Parliament this week.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Mrs May could ask for a lengthy extension to Article 50, with the option of an early break in May or June if she manages to get her Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament.

He said the other 27 national leaders would ask May whether delaying Brexit would increase the chances that her fractious parliament would ratify their stalled Brexit deal. He said last week's vote had been justified because the deal was altered after it was voted down by a record margin in January.

The move appears to end Theresa May's hopes of winning support for her deal on the eve of this week's EU Council.

"The prime minister will be writing to Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, before the European council begins, in relation to an extension", the spokesman said.

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