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What Brexit amendments will be voted on by MPs today?


MPs will again vote on options for Brexit today, with Eurosceptic Conservatives threatening to oppose a motion put forward by Theresa May.

The Prime Minister is expected to be defeated by Tory rebels who insist the motion – asking MPs to back May’s strategy – effectively means she is abandoning a no-deal exit option.

And she faces further opposition in the form of cross-party amendments from MPs – some who accuse the PM of ‘running down the clock’ in an effort to ‘blackmail’ Parliament into backing her deal.

Theresa May faces a Valentine’s Day showdown with MPs (Picture: AFP/Getty)

What are the amendments?

Commons Speaker John Bercow has selected three amendments for consideration as MPs debate the Government’s latest Brexit motion.

They are:

A: Labour’s ‘Stop the government running down the clock’ amendment

Jeremy Corbyn has tabled this amendment to force the government to offer a meaningful vote by the end of February.

The motion requires May to either put her deal to a Commons vote by February 27 or allow Parliament to take control of the process.

If there is no deal, then the government has to make a statement on what the next steps will be.

Liberal Democrats have tacked on their own amendment to this proposal, calling for a second referendum ‘as endorsed by the Labour Party conference’.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused May of ‘running down the clock’ on Brexit so MPs will be forced to accept her deal and avoid no-deal (Picture: AFP/Getty)

I: SNP’s ‘Extend article 50’ amendment

Tabled by the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford, this would require the government to immediately start to negotiate an extension of at least three months to the Article 50 process to delay Brexit if needs be.

E: Cross-party ‘publish no-deal papers’ amendment

A cross-party initiative supported by Tory Anna Soubry and Labour’s Chuka Umunna tells the Government to publish its ‘most recent official briefing on the implications of a no-deal Brexit’ for business and trade.

They want the secret papers made available to MPs.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford tabled an amendment to extend Article 50 for at least three months (Picture: PA)

The Government’s ‘neutral’ motion to be debated in the House of Commons this evening asks MPs to support the statement the PM made in the Commons on Tuesday, reiterate their support for her approach to EU negotiations and note that talks on the Irish backstop are ‘ongoing’.

May is expected to be able to weather a defeat on the Government motion, but it would be another embarrassing blow as she seeks to get the EU to agree to changes to her deal.

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The Government suffered a heavy defeat in the Lords on Wednesday night as peers demanded a ‘meaningful vote’ on the PM’s Brexit deal before the end of the month.

The opposition motion, backed by 155 votes to 69, majority 86, also called on May to rule out a no-deal split with Brussels.

The amendment votes are expected to begin at 5pm.





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