MPs are set to have their say on Theresa May‘s contentious Brexit deal tonight. But before the meaningful vote, there will be smaller votes on a series of amendments to the bill.
Ahead of tonight, Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow revealed which amendments, characterised as changes to the wording of a bill or a motion, he had selected for consideration for voting.
From more than 10 proposed amendments from across the political parties, he has provisionally selected the following four in relation to Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement, which states:
That this House approves for the purposes of section 13(1)(b) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, the negotiated withdrawal agreement laid before the House on Monday 26 November 2018 with the title ‘Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community’ and the framework for the future relationship laid before the House on Monday 26 November 2018 with the title ‘Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom’.
Amendment A – from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
This is Labour’s attempt to reject the Prime Minister’s deal because it does not include a permanent customs union. The party wants to “pursue every option” to prevent the UK leaving the EU with no deal.
Line 1, leave out from “House” to end and insert “declines to approve the negotiated withdrawal agreement and the framework for the future relationship because it fails to provide for a permanent UK-EU customs union and strong single market deal and would therefore lead to increased barriers to trade in goods and services, would not protect workers’ rights and environmental standards, allows for the diminution of the United Kingdom’s internal and external security and is likely to lead to the implementation of a backstop provision in Northern Ireland that is neither politically nor economically sustainable; declines to approve the United Kingdom’s leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement; and therefore resolves to pursue every option that prevents the United Kingdom’s either leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement or leaving on the basis of the negotiated withdrawal agreement laid before the House.”