It’s a surprisingly large Government majority: 24 independents and 19 Labour MPs voted with the Government.
John Bercow’s constituents aren’t alone in looking forward to the seat getting a normal MP once more.
“A further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners”. Johnson’s second letter to Tusk. Full text.
This letter sets out his view again, in contrast to Parliament’s – which is expressed in the unsigned other letter also sent to Tusk.
Clarke, Philip Hammond, Gauke and four others from among the whipless 21 voted with Letwin.
Our guestimate of the numbers. Letwin’s amendment should pass. But were Johnson’s deal voted on, it would be too close to call.
On a vote on the deal, our calculation is that the Government will lose by two – though that bypasses abstentions. But such a vote is very unlikely today,
Of course, the amendment must be selected by the Speaker in order to be debated at all. But there’s little doubt that he will do so.
Last night’s selection meeting to select a successor to Ken Clarke was hotly contested – I’m told that it went to three full rounds of voting.
“We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control – now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday.”
“The Article 50 negotiation process and principles for the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.”
“The main change relates to the future EU-UK economic relationship where the current UK government has opted for a model based on a Free Trade Agreement.”
The party says that it cannot support what is being suggested on either customs or consent.
“We’re on the Hillary Step going strong for the summit but it is shrouded in cloud,” he told the assembled Conservative MPs.
There is some speculation that progress towards a deal has stalled, with concerns from the DUP yet to be resolved.
The association will choose its successor to Ken Clarke from a field of four with nine past runs at Parliament between them.
She claims that there has been entryism – though the relationship between MP and activists has been bad for some time.