Boris V Bercow Showdown

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set for a showdown with Commons Speaker John Bercow as Boris Jonson pushes for a knife-edge Commons vote on his Brexit deal.

John Bercow, who Tory Brexiteers have accused of being pro-Remain, will decide on whether the Government can bring a so-called meaningful vote on its plans.

If the Speaker blocks the move, focus will turn to the Government bringing its Withdrawal Agreement Bill  before MPs today, with a vote on its second reading on Tuesday.

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Ministers say they have enough numbersto push the agreement through, but the parliamentary situation appears to be on a tightrope.

The Labour party has made clear it very clear they will try to hijack the legislation by putting down amendments for a second Brexit referendum and a customs union with the EU.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer stated Labour could even back the Withdrawl agreement bill if it was put to voters in a national poll against a Remain option.

Despite being forced by Parliament to request a Brexit delay from Brussels after another embarrassing Commons defeat on Saturday, Mr Johnson and ministers are talking up their chances of rushing Brexit legislation through.

The move came amongst reports that the EU was considering offering the UK a “flexible extension” to February, allowing it to leave whenever an agreement is secured.

The PM Boris Johnson is striking a bullish stance as he faces another rollercoaster week in the Commons, insisting the UK will still quit the EU in 10 days.

He scrapped plans for a meaningful vote on a Saturday after suffering an embarrassing defeat at the hands of former Tory minister Sir Oliver Letwin.


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