Yesterday the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow ruled that he would not allow a third Meaningful Vote on the EU Withdrawal Agreement unless the motion is ‘substantially different’ from those which MPs have already rejected. The Speaker cited a convention that a defeated motion cannot be brought back in the same form during a parliamentary session.

Theresa May had been expected to put her Withdrawal Agreement to MPs again this week. The Prime Minister is due to meet EU leaders at a European Council summit on Thursday 21 March 2019 where she may ask for an extension to Article 50. All of the remaining 27 EU member states would need to agree to any extension. The default legal position remains that the UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019 without a Withdrawal Agreement.


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