The Prime Minister seemed to imply that if MPs will not bend to her will, she is off.
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“We should look again at being able to leave with a negotiated deal, but in order to do that we need time…”
Daniel Hannan: The EU’s anti-democratic culture. First it corrupted other countries. Now it is corrupting Britain.
Even worse is the politicisation of the Speaker’s Chair. The impartiality of Britain’s Speaker was, like the impartiality of its monarch, a given.
There’s little that Conservative MPs can do to stop the Speaker – they don’t have the votes to depose him.
“It’s a very impressive hat that you are wearing, or a hat of sorts. Very well done.”
Henry Newman: Bercow has demonstrated he will do anything to frustrate Brexit. So it’s time for MPs to smell the coffee.
Critics of the deal need to compromise and accept the actual choices on offer. Refusal to do so risks an outcome far worse, or no Brexit at all.
The crude effect of his ruling, crafted and sprung on a hapless Downing Street, is to make a third meaningful vote unlikely this week, and perhaps next week too.
WATCH: “The Government cannot legitimately…resubmit to the House the same proposition” – the Speaker kills MV3
“This ruling should not be regarded as my last word on the subject,” Bercow added.
A dedicated band of Conservative pro-Brexit holdouts stands ready to perish rather than let May’s deal pass.
I expected a Leave victory to be a profound shock and challenge to politicians. They have struggled to adapt even more than I anticipated.
The amendment was seen off by 314-312, so the six votes from the Opposition benches made all the difference.
The Opposition, which instructed its MPs to abstain, split three ways on the question.
A functioning Government would whip for Malthouse Two – the plan backed by Steve Baker, Nicky Morgan, Iain Duncan Smith, Damian Green, Simon Hart and others.
WATCH: “This is the moment and this is the time…to get the deal done,” a hoarse Prime Minister tells the Commons
“Only then can we do what we came here to do – what we were sent here to do.”
Don’t forget the arithmetic. In addition to the ERG, watch the DUP, Tory Remainers and soft Brexiters, and Labour rebels.
There is more than one moving part in this complex day, and some could counteract one another.