‘Brexit Destroyer’: UK media hammer Speaker Bercow for blocking third vote

‘Brexit Destroyer’: UK media hammer Speaker Bercow for blocking third vote

John Bercow told the Commons today that another vote on Theresa May's European Union withdrawal agreement can not take place if the motion is substantially the same as last time.

The pound rose by 0.2% in early trading local time, keeping its head above water at the $1.32 level, where the currency trade seems to stabilise in between volatile swings.

Speaking on Tuesday morning, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said May had predicted a "moment of crisis" if her deal was defeated by MPs last week - something they promptly did.

He went on: "If the government wishes to bring forward a new proposition that is neither the same nor substantially the same as that disposed of by the house on 12 march this would be entirely in order".

Analysts said the speaker's statement would likely impede and prolong Mrs May's Brexit negotiations. The DUP's 10 lawmakers prop up May's minority Conservative government, and their support could influence pro-Brexit Conservatives to drop their opposition to the deal.


Brussels and European leaders had made it clear to Prime Minister May after she lost her second vote on the Withdrawal Agreement that the United Kingdom should prepare to make a clean break on the planned departure date of March 29th. Which part of the word LEAVE do the media and the 600 odd (in every sense of the word) MP's do not understand?

"If there is no decision, the date of March 29 comes and then it's a 'no-deal, '" French European affairs minister Nathalie Loiseau said.

Bercow said he allowed the Commons to vote for a second time on May's deal because it was a substantially different proposal, with new legal texts for MPs to consider. It was proposed by MPs Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson and would mean MPs passing the deal before the public are asked to choose between May's deal and staying in the EU.

It's possible the EU may propose a long extension to the Brexit process and require the United Kingdom to take part in the upcoming European elections in May. In a Comres survey in the Telegraph, almost half of respondents said Britain would ultimately thrive if it left without a deal.

He added: "As long as people think we can get to no deal, they will vote the deal down". He did not disclose how long a delay she would seek, but said she believed it should be as short as possible.


British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he saw "cautious signs of encouragement" that the deal might make it through Parliament this week. "Now we have this ruling to deal with, it is clearly going to require a lot of very fast but very deep thought in the hours ahead".

That will likely avert a chaotic British withdrawal on the exit date of March 29 - although the power to approve or reject a Brexit extension lies with the European Union, whose leaders are fed up with British delay tactics.

The pound fell against the dollar today after Speaker John Bercow ruled out a third meaningful vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal.

Corbyn met leaders from the Scottish National Party, Liberal Democrats, Wales' Plaid Cymru, and the Green Party to discuss how to break the Brexit impasse in parliament, which has twice rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's deal to leave the EU.

Reports on Monday suggested a delay of up to nine months could be on offer, a move that would require Britons to vote in the European Parliament elections in May.


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