Perhaps we will find out today why Downing Street and the whips stuck with a motion that risked revolt by ERG members and second referendum backers alike.
Posts Tagged: Sir Oliver Letwin MP
He argues for “a fundamental realignment of Government, Parliament and Civil Service.”
The idea that leaving the EU simply cannot be done has emerged since the referendum – if true, it would shatter our political system.
The key to better quality and design is to go one step further back to the developers’ raw material – land.
In the night’s only defeat for the Government, it passed by 318 votes to 310 – and with the largest rebellion from Conservative MPs.
Despite their support, the amendment fell by 322 to 290 votes.
The proposal was defeated by 321 to 301 votes.
Freeman joins the rebellion. But the amendment fell by 321 to 298.
Chris White: The Cooper amendment threatens to damage the constitution in ways that would be very hard to repair
The constitutional crisis MPs are threatening to bring down on all our heads will have wide-ranging and severe consequences.
The Speaker defied all precedent to allow an amendment which forces the Prime Minister to present the Commons with a ‘Plan B’ much sooner than planned.
“We will not allow a no-deal exit to occur at the end of March.” Letwin’s speech on yesterday’s crucial Finance Bill amendment.
It had, he said, “has no impact whatsoever on the Government’s ability to prepare for Brexit – it is about what the Government do after Brexit”.
Our guide to how the Government can deliver its Brexit deal in Parliament. Or No Deal. And whether MPs can block the latter.
Short of backing Labour in a no-confidence vote, rebels can only make such a departure more chaotic and hope the Prime Minister buckles.
The Government is suggesting that it will make little difference in practical terms – but opposed it for symbolic and political reasons.
We also reproduce the full text of the letter itself.
The first department to need boosting post-March. The Treasury? Business? Transport? No: Northern Ireland.
The challenge to “our precious union” will be as much constitutional as economic – Deal, No Brexit…or No Deal especially.