In the latest developments from Parliament, the House of Commons has voted by a majority of 16 votes to accept Conservative MP Graham Brady’s (of who is also the chair for the 1922 Committee) amendment to allow Prime Minister Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement past provided the Irish border backstop (undoubtedly the most controversial issue surrounding the original deal).
This amendment was originally proposed to ‘unlock the Brexit deadlock’ in Parliament, and to unite the Conservative Party under this, to get a deal passed before Great Britain leaves the European Union on the 29th of March 2019.
It has seemingly worked, with the amendment being backed by Parliament, with 317 backing the amendment and 301 voting against it. This allows for May’s deal to be potentially re-examined, after having being previously rejected by the Commons by a margin of 230 votes, making it the largest Parliamentary defeat in history.
Numerous other amendments were examined in the Commons, with most of them being defeated. Most notably, the ones surrounding Great Britain either throwing no deal off the table, extending Article 50 and giving MPs a broader say on the Brexit process (pushed by the likes of Scottish National Party’s Commons leader Ian Blackford, Labour’s Yvette Cooper and the Conservative’s Dominic Grieve) all being defeated.
Only one amendment passed, that being one which stated that Parliament would reject a no-deal Brexit and put in there by Conservative MP and former party chair Dame Caroline Spelman and Labour MP Jack Dromey, passed, with a majority of 8 votes, with 318 voting in favour of it, and 310 voting against it. It is however not legally binding. See how your MP voted here.
There however is still a deadlock, as the European Commission President Donald Tusk has stated that the current Brexit deal is ‘not open for re-negotiation’. What this means for the Brexit process is unclear. Whether it means a deal or no deal Brexit is yet to be seen.
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