Jeremy Hunt: it's Theresa May's deal or no-Brexit

Jeremy Hunt: it's Theresa May's deal or no-Brexit

Jeremy Hunt: it's Theresa May's deal or no-Brexit

British MPs on Wednesday begin five days of debate ahead of a historic delayed vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, a day after giving her a stinging blow aimed at preventing the country from crashing out of the European Union with no agreement. "These discussions have shown that further clarification on the backstop is possible, and those talks will continue over the next few days".

Nevertheless the vote will be seen as another blow to the Prime Minister's authority as she struggles to win support for her Withdrawal Agreement.

Mr Bercow selected a proposal from former minister Dominic Grieve, which attempts to speed up the process for the Government to reveal what it will do next if Theresa May's deal is rejected.

The Government would remain under an global obligation to keep the border open, and it is understood ministers would be expected to seek alternative arrangements, possibly involving the use of new technology, within the 12-month deadline.

While 308 lawmakers supported the amendment, 297 voted against it.

Informing the House of the move, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay accepted that it would not by itself win over the Tory rebels and DUP allies who are threatening to send the Prime Minister's deal to defeat next Tuesday.

Among those voting against were 17 Conservatives, including former ministers Justine Greening, Sam Gyimah and Jo Johnson who want to see another referendum to decide whether the United Kingdom should leave or not.

A series of MPs rose to complain that the vote should not go ahead as the Government motion should not be amendable.

Referring to reports shadow worldwide trade secretary Barry Gardiner had described Labour's official Brexit position in the same way, Mr Gove said: "I know, Mr Speaker, there are some distinguished citizens in this country who have put on their cars a poster or sticker saying bollocks to Brexit".

"That is what I have tried to do and what I will go on doing".

Justice minister Rory Stewart questioned the basis of Mr Bercow's decision, telling the BBC: "It is a very, very unusual thing that he did".

During an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Ms Rudd three times declined to say whether she would remain a member of the Government if it opted for a no-deal Brexit.

"It would give the winning party a renewed mandate to negotiate a better deal for Britain and secure support for it in Parliament and across the country". "I'm not sure that quite frankly a general election is going to resolve this issue... ultimately we are going to have to refer this back to the people".

However, pro-European Tories and opposition MPs backed the Speaker's decision.

Crispin Blunt was among those to question the Speaker's impartiality, saying many will have the "unshakeable conviction that the referee is no longer neutral".

"Moving into office at a period right up against the clock, there would need to be time for that negotiation", Corbyn said.

- What did Mr Bercow say?

If you feel like you ought to know more about Brexit.

Well his ostensible motive was to persuade Brexit-supporting MPs to change their minds and back the PM, at the last - by scaring them that they won't get the no-deal exit some of them want, and by voting against the PM they are highly likely to keep us in the EU.

The government was expecting to have 21 days to come up with a "plan B" for Brexit if, as widely expected, Mrs May's deal is voted down.

There was a major row in the Commons over whether Wednesday's amendment could even be put to a vote, with Speaker John Bercow apparently disregarding the advice of his own clerk that it could not.

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