- Bercow blocked ‘meaningful vote 3’ after ruling the same motion can’t be voted on twice
- But the PM still needs to get MPs to pass the deal before Brexit
- What is next for the Government?
Commons Speaker John Bercow has thwarted the Government plan to hold a last-minute third vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal before Thursday’s EU summit.
Mr Bercow ruled that the EU Withdrawal Agreement cannot be put before MPs unless it is substantially different from the package which was defeated in the second “meaningful vote” last week.
Downing Street had already indicated Mrs May would not table a motion on a third “meaningful vote” unless there was a realistic prospect of securing a majority in the Commons.
But, with the EU repeatedly saying that it will not budge on the agreement already rejected by MPs, the chance of her having something “substantially different” to offer the Commons in the near future appears to be fading away.
Mr Bercow’s ruling could make any vote impossible, unless Mrs May is able to negotiate some change to her deal before presenting it once more to MPs.
A Number 10 spokesman said the Government “noted the Speaker’s statement” and said its next move “requires proper consideration”.