MPs are voting on the Lords’ Brexit blocking amendments.
The government has won a vote blocking the removal of the exact time and date of Brexit (that’s March 29th at 11pm, by the way) by 326 votes to 301.
MPs have voted 326-301 to keep Brexit Day locked down in law as 29 March 2019. The Lords wanted to remove it from the text of the Bill
— Dan Bloom (@danbloom1) June 12, 2018
Importantly, MPs have also rejected the so-called ‘meaningful vote’ Lords Amendment that would stop Britain leaving the EU without a deal and would have allowed Parliament to force the government’s negotiating hand.
BREAKING: MPs have just REJECTED – by 324 votes to 298 (majority 26) – the so-called 'meaningful vote' Lords Amendment which would have stopped the UK from leaving the EU without a deal and given unprecedented powers to Parliament to force the Government's negotiating hand
— BrexitCentral (@BrexitCentral) June 12, 2018
Before those votes, things started well for the government, winning the Commons vote to reject Lords amendment 110 by 324 votes to 302 – but it looks like Theresa The Appeaser has struck again…
Following further assurances that further Govt amendments will come forward in the Lords, I will now be supporting the Govt
— Sarah Wollaston MP (@sarahwollaston) June 12, 2018
So what has she conceded on now? Brexiteers should be worried that the Remoaner PM has sold them down the river.
The key question – every week she surrenders more territory. There is no terra firma under this PM and the movement is only ever one way. https://t.co/p9kmlMc3v8
— Patrick O'Flynn (@oflynnmep) June 12, 2018
The actual vote on Amendment 110 means the Sifting Committee will not be able to scrutinise the Cabinet’s Brexit directives.
House of Commons votes 324 to 302 to reject Lords amendment 110 to the #EUWithdrawalBill.
This amendment would have given the sifting committee power to ‘require’ greater scrutiny for statutory instruments, rather than ‘recommend’ the need for greater scrutiny. pic.twitter.com/8EnWZbsidr
— UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) June 12, 2018
Apparently the government struck a deal with Tory rebels that the Commons will be able to direct Brexit negotiations if there’s no deal by November 30th this year.
Deal is: Govt agrees the Commons will be able to direct Brexit negotiations if no deal by November 30 this year. A veto ceded to MPs on how it proceeds from then onwards. That's a BIG climb down.
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) June 12, 2018
But the government’s reportedly denied it:
Brexiter MPs have been assured by whips that the govt has not conceded that the Commons will be able to direct negotiations if there is no deal by Nov 30, contrary to some Remainer briefing
— Alex Wickham (@WikiGuido) June 12, 2018
The obvious concern is this:
Looks like MPs have waffled UK into a situation where:
a) No deal is to all intents & purposes dead
b) Leverage against EU virtually non-existent (though they doubted we'd walk)
c) EEA+ appears only way to square this circle
Therefore d) Urgent need for debate on free movement
— James Rothwell (@JamesERothwell) June 12, 2018
The voting continues…