Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Science | By Cecil Little

Jeremy Corbyn calls for general election to end Brexit 'deadlock'

Jeremy Corbyn calls for general election to end Brexit 'deadlock'

MPs are due to vote on the government's Brexit deal next Tuesday amid continuing uncertainty over whether it will get the support of the Commons. January 21. MPs from all sides will also have the power to amend any second plan Ms.

It is widely expected that Prime Minister Theresa May's EU Withdrawal Agreement will be voted down next week, which would leave No Deal as the default Brexit option.

"We are doing everything we can to win the meaningful vote that happens on Tuesday", the prime minister's spokesman said.

Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons, said Bercow should publish the advice he received from the Commons clerks.

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

"We're not speaking here of a motion but of an amendment to a motion".

Labour MPs, and even some Tories, defended the Speaker. A source said he told Mr Bercow he was "totally out of order", adding: 'You are throwing centuries of precedence in the bin against the advice of your clerk in order to thwart the referendum result'.

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The EU Withdrawal Act states that the Government must a statement of intent within 21 days of a defeat, meaning Mr Grieve's victory has sped up the timetable and hacked into the time available to Mrs May to secure concessions from Brussels before MPs vote again.

But decision to allow the vote on the amendment enraged chief whip Mr Smith.

The Speaker denied Francois's claim he was "overriding" a motion of the Commons by allowing the amendment, prompting the Tory backbencher to claim Bercow was engaging in "sophistry".

'I hope colleagues will understand when I say that I require no lessons or lectures from others about how to discharge my obligations to Parliament and in support of the rights of backbench Parliamentarians, ' he raged.

He added: 'If we were guided only by precedent, manifestly nothing in our procedures would ever change.

A potentially damaging no-deal exit is the default scenario if May's deal is rejected, with the UK's central bank warning that Britain's gross domestic product (GDP) could shrink by up to eight percent in such a scenario.

UK Brexit minister Martin Callanan ruled out that prospect and said May would update MPs on Wednesday about the assurances over the backstop she is seeking from the EU.

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Tory MP Ken Clarke, who backed the amendment, said that those who did not like the amendment should "don a yellow jacket and go outside" to join some of the hard-right protesters who had harassed MPs outside parliament.

When asked by journalists about such plans, Corbyn said it "would be to negotiate urgently with the European Union", adding that extending Article 50 past the March deadline would "have to be a possibility".

Despite the support of a majority of MPs to avoid a "no deal" scenario, without agreement on an alternative Britain is legally on course to leave the European Union in March unless it delays or cancels the process.

"And the real solution is to transform Britain to work in the interests of the vast majority, by challenging the entrenched power of a privileged elite".

"Our organisations remain committed to playing their part in managing Brexit in the best interests of farmers and the United Kingdom public in the years ahead, but we believe that leaving without a deal on March 29 will lead, very quickly, to the opposite outcome".

Other MPs who signed the amendment include the former Tory ministers Sir Oliver Letwin, Jo Johnson, Guto Bebb and Sam Gyimah.

Mrs May postponed the vote in mid-December when it became clear politicians would resoundingly reject the agreement, a compromise deal that has left both pro-European and pro-Brexit politicians unhappy.

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