JOHN BERCOW REFUSES VOTE ON BREXIT DEAL




İrem UZUN -TDO- Boris Johnson has been denied the opportunity to hold a second vote on his Brexit deal in the House of Commons after the Speaker, John Bercow, ruled that it would be “repetitive and disorderly”. “Today’s circumstances are in substance the same as Saturday’s circumstances,” Bercow said in the Commons on Monday. He added that “The motion will not be debated today, as it would be repetitive and disorderly to do so”.

Bercow’s decision prevents the U.K. government from holding an indicative vote to demonstrate support for its Brexit deal. Instead, the government will on Tuesday present the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, needed to turn the Brexit deal into law. This will be the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main elements of the deal and their first vote on the legislation. No amendments can be proposed at this stage, except so-called “reasoned amendments” seeking to vote down the whole bill and providing reasons for doing so. Bercow said this course of action was allowed under parliamentary rules.

If MPs back the bill on Tuesday, then amendments can be proposed later in the legislative process and so there is no guarantee after this first vote that the bill will pass through parliament without conditions attached. Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer has said Labour would put forward amendments for the U.K. to remain in the EU Customs Union and for a referendum to be attached to Johnson’s deal.