The amendment was seen off by 314-312, so the six votes from the Opposition benches made all the difference.
Posts Tagged: Hilary Benn MP
The former Attorney General claims that doing so would mean the Government had decided, as a matter of policy, to set aside its international law obligations.
What exactly are Benn, Cooper and Boles, Creasy, Grieve, Reeves and Corbyn proposing?
They are curiously well-matched, for both of them prefer repetition to entertainment.
He argues that, rather than being “plotters”, MPs who are looking to stop “no deal” are addressing a “national crisis”.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: For Cox to speak with such force suggested how desperate May’s predicament has become.
He suggested that it would be absurd to reject the Government’s motion merely because of the Northern Ireland backstop.
He defended the absent Prime Minister with decency and moderation, but neither Labour nor Conservative MPs were persuaded.
Chris White: A guide to what could happen in the Commons this week as tomorrow’s vote on May’s deal looms
I set out the various permutations – and translate what the amendments to the Government’s motion mean.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: May cannot sell her compromise and centrist MPs are preparing to take over
Power seems to be seeping away from the ancien regime.
Grieve behaved with the prudence of the Grand Old Duke of York, but suggested everyone has gone mad.
WATCH: Benn — talk of “extensions” to Article 50 process “is not about undermining the referendum result”
The chairman of the Exiting the EU Committee emphasises that “we haven’t started negotiating on our future economic relationship” with the EU.
It’s a depressing truth that today’s great public speakers would not have seemed particularly remarkable 40 or 50 years ago.
It was not an edifying spectacle, but it was convincing in its way.
The EU’s draft document suggests broad agreement on most of what we want. And the three bones of contention are surmountable.
Plus: May’s legs, Starmer’s hair, Sturgeon’s legs, Warsi the enemy within, Carswell the rebel without, pigs may fly in Dumfries. And: A Rudd-faced Home Secretary.