MPs to debate ‘Revoke Article 50’ petition

Brexit LIVE: MPs to vote on withdrawal agreement tomorrow

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The petition calling for Article 50 to be revoked will be debated by MPs on Monday.

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18.30 - MPs to debate ‘Revoke Article 50’ petition

The petition calling for Article 50 to be revoked will be debated by MPs on Monday.

The petition has been signed by nearly 6 million people.

It is to be debated by MPs at 4.30pm on April 1, the Commons Petitions Committee has said.

MPs will also debate petitions calling for a second EU referendum, which has received more than 160,000 signatures, and another - signed by more than 165,000 - demanding that "Parliament must honour the referendum result".


17.00 - MPs to vote on withdrawal agreement tomorrow

Speaker of the Commons John Bercow has ruled that MPs can vote on the government's motion tomorrow, which includes the withdrawal agreement but not the political declaration. 

Mr Bercow had previously ruled the Prime Minister could not bring a third 'meaingful vote' before MPs as it had already been defeated twice before. 

However MPs will only have the chance to vote on the withdrawal agreement, not the political declaration. 

Mr Bercow said: "The previous meaningful vote encompassed both the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration - this motion covers the former but not the latter.

"I'm glad the principle of the House determining a motion definitively once and for all in each session has been accepted and upheld and that that principle cannot be circumvented by the assertion of a notwithstanding clause or a paving motion.

"In short, the motion is new, substantially different and in conformity with the requirements of my ruling of March 18, reiterated on March 25 and 27."

The motion will not count as a third attempt to pass a "meaningful vote" on Theresa May's deal because it will not cover the future relationship with Europe.

If passed by MPs on Friday, the vote would qualify the UK to be granted an automatic delay to May 22 of the formal date of Brexit.


1.40 - Sturgeon: Stopping Brexit 'top priority'

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon

Stopping Brexit is a "top priority", Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Speaking during First Minister's Questions, the SNP leader said: "This whole process thanks to the Tories is now such a mess that stopping Brexit altogether must now be our top priority.

"And moreover that is now possible."


12.14 - MPs to debate PM's Brexit deal tomorrow

Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom has announced that MPs will be expected to return to the Commons on Friday to debate a Brexit motion. 

MPs are usually given Fridays to return to their constituencies. 

It is not yet confirmed that the debate will include a third meaningful vote on Theresa May's deal. 

However, Ms Leadsom told MPs: "If agreed by the House tomorrow there will be a motion relating to the UK's exit from the EU.

"The motion tabled will comply with the Speaker's ruling but the only way we ensure we leave in good time on May 22 is by approving the Withdrawal Agreement by 11pm on March 29, which is tomorrow."


11.40 - 'Devolved Parliament' goes on display in nod to Brexit day

Banksy's largest canvas has gone back on display in Bristol - just in time for the original Brexit deadline of March 29.

The piece, called Devolved Parliament, depicts politicians as chimpanzees taking part in a House of Commons debate.

Artist Banksy gave his permission for the 13ft wide piece to go back on display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in time for Brexit day.

It first appeared at the museum in 2009.


11.20 - UK 'headed for no-deal' on April 12

Sir Oliver Letwin, the architect of the plan for a series of indicative Commons votes on Brexit, has claimed that the UK could be heading for a no-deal Brexit on April 12.

The Conservative MP said a no-deal could occur unless MPs rally behind one of the proposed alternatives to Mrs May's deal.

Speaking to the BBC's Today programme, he said: "We either have to get her deal across the line or accept that we have to find some alternative if we want to avoid no-deal on the 12th, which I think at the moment is the most likely thing to happen."


What happened last night?

Last night MPs voted on eight alternatives to Theresa May's Brexit deal, but came to no consensus on any of the options.

Alternatives on the table included a no-deal Brexit, as well as a confirmatory public vote, requiring a public vote on any deal passed by Parliament.

Ahead of the vote, the Prime Minister announced that she would step down from her role if MPs supported her withdrawal agreement.

Speaking to the Conservative 1922 Committee, she said: "I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party."

It is expected that her deal will be voted on again on Friday, as long as she secures substantial changes to the agreement at the request of Speaker John Bercow.