Johnson bids to fast-track Brexit bill through Commons in three days

Brexit Latest: Will Britain Leave the EU on October 31?

Brexit Latest: Will Britain Leave the EU on October 31?

Johnson hoped it would be the day that parliament would back his deal, but it was not to be. His Brexit deal dream was scuppered - for now - by the much-talked-about Letwin amendment.

Mr Bercow ruled the special Commons sitting on Saturday had voted to delay approval until the implementing legislation had been passed and that any further vote would be "repetitive and disorderly" under House rules.

With just 10 days to go until the United Kingdom is due to leave the bloc on October 31, Johnson's government was seeking a "straight up-and-down vote" on the agreement he struck last week with the 27 other European Union nations.

A Brexit Party MEP said the United Kingdom "could get a very good deal" under Boris Johnson's Brexit plans, despite party leader Nigel Farage opposing them. One minister tells me that the programme motion is therefore the "real meaningful vote".

The Government is set to publish the Withdrawal Agreement Bill later on Monday, with the second reading debate due to take place on Tuesday.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay urged lawmakers to back the bill and - more than three years after British voters narrowly voted to leave the European Union - "enable us to move onto the people's priorities like health, education and crime". "If Parliament wants to respect the referendum, it must back the bill".

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the House of Commons, said the lower house of parliament would have a final vote on the bill on Thursday, the last stage before it will be debated and voted upon in the upper house of parliament, the House of Lords.

Commons Speaker John Bercow has rejected a Government bid to hold a meaningful vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, saying it would be "repetitive and disorderly" to do so.

He could say that such a vote effectively happened on Saturday and cannot be repeated so soon.

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Yes, but time is running out before the October 31 deadline as the European Parliament would also need to ratify it, and it is unclear how soon MEPs will do that.

But if Johnson gives in to the Tory rebels he risks alienating the Brexit Spartans of the ERG. Bercow refused to allow it because parliamentary rules generally bar the same measure from being considered a second time during the same session of Parliament unless something has changed.

Johnson's Conservative government will now go to its Plan B: get Parliament's backing for his Brexit blueprint by passing the legislation, known as the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

Although Johnson sent a letter, he did not sign it and also sent a second letter - which he signed - that said a delay would be a mistake.

First, there was an unsigned photocopy of the request he was obliged to send under the Benn Act, followed by a letter explaining why the government did not actually want an extension.

EU Commission president Donald Tusk confirmed at 10pm on Saturday that he had received the prime minister's request, tweeting: "The extension request has just arrived".

The EU could set a different length to an extension, either shorter or longer than the three-month one cited in the Benn Act.

However, Mr Longworth said that while Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement was "worse that remaining", Mr Johnson's arrangement is "better than remaining".

If the deal needs more time at that stage to get through parliament, leaders could agree to a short extension.

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