Boris Johnson has tabled a meaningful vote on his newly agreed Brexit deal in the Commons this afternoon but Speaker John Bercow could scupper his plans. The Commons Speaker will have the final say on whether the vote is held and could block the request after MPs passed the Letwin amendment on Saturday, to delay making a decision on the Withdrawal Agreement. Mr Bercow, who is due to resign at the end of the month, told MPs during Saturday’s special sitting: “Rather than pronounce with sound and fury now, I will reflect on the matter and report to the House on Monday.”
Downing Street said: “Letwin’s delay amendment turned Saturday into a meaningless vote and denied MPs and the public the chance to end the uncertainty.”
It added: “Parliament needs a straight up-and-down vote on the deal - do MPs want to respect the referendum like they claim to... or do they want to frustrate and cancel Brexit altogether?”
If the Speaker does allow the vote to go ahead, opponents have said they would seek to make changes to it and aim to alter with “dozens” of amendments.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that Labour intend to add changes to the