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There’s a story floating about out there that the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, could prevent the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, from tabling his motion tomorrow to get MPs to vote for his amended Withdrawal Agreement treaty.
Now, this is based on the idea that a government can’t table a motion if it’s already been rejected, in order to prevent a government trying to bully MPs into agreeing something they don’t want.
If you recall, this is exactly what happened to the Withdrawal Agreement when Theresa May had to make it substantially different from the last one before she was allowed to re-present it.
She did this if you remember by splitting out the Political Declaration from the Withdrawal Agreement.
But the Boris Johnson Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration will be the same tomorrow as they were on Saturday when MPs amended the motion to not have a vote.
So when the Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said that the government was planning to put them before the House again on Monday, many MPs questioned the Speaker on whether this is proper procedure.
To which the Speaker said that he was ‘alert to the argument you have made’.
And he went on to say that “I think the fairest thing to say is that, as I have been advised by the Clerk, a ruling on Monday on this matter would be sensible.”
Now, although I’m no fan of that deal, at least having it sat there being debated and argued about, keeps the no deal Brexit clock running down.