MP John Bercow has said at the House of Commons that Prime Minister Theresa May cannot just let the House of Commons vote for her Brexit deal for the third time. She has to come up with a different deal, otherwise there is no mood.
Bercow said the second vote was justified last week because new documents and insights had been added. But voting on the same thing twice is not possible, according to Bercow. May aims for a third vote, but nothing new has been added to the existing deal.
May gains support for her plans that were rejected by a majority last week and mid-January. She is considering re-voting her basic agreement with the EU on the departure of her country from the European Union. She is counting on a number of MPs, in particular from her Conservative party and ten Northern Irish unionists, to vote ‘yes’.
But Bercow’s unexpected statement on Monday at the British House of Commons gets an ugly line through the government’s brexit plans. Bercow based his decision on a rule that was 415 years old. The parliament president did not inform the government in advance of his statement, a government spokeswoman said.
Prime Minister Theresa May saw her Brexit agreement crashing twice in parliament. By Wednesday, one day before the start of the EU summit, the members of the Lower House should vote for the third time on the treaty concluded with Brussels. This is now actually no longer possible.