House of Commons speaker stops May's 3rd vote on Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans were blown out of the water today when the speaker of of the House of Commons, John Bercow, said that she could not put her divorce deal to a new vote unless it was re-presented in a substantially different form. 

Speaker John Bercow said the government could not bring forward proposals for a vote that were substantially the same as had already been defeated twice before, in January and last week. 

Bercow's pronouncement, whilst controversial, in fact take into account precedents stretching back to 1604. Parliamentary rules state that substantially similar proposals cannot be presented for a vote more than once during the same session of parliament. 

Bercow said his ruling should not be considered the last word on the matter and the government could bring forward a new proposition that was not the same as had already been voted on. 

The pound immediatly fell to a low against the euro and the dollar.  

“This is my conclusion: if the government wishes to bring forward a new proposition that is neither the same, nor substantially the same as that disposed of by the house on the 12th of March, this would be entirely in order,” he said. 

“What the government cannot legitimately do is to resubmit to the House the same proposition, or substantially the same proposition, as that of last week which was rejected by 149 votes,” Bercow said.

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Gary Cartwright

Gary Cartwright

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