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Downing Street has insisted that Alberto Costa was not been sacked as a parliamentary private secretary. “He resigned from the government,” the Number 10 spokesman said. The spokesman went on:


You will be aware that there is a longstanding convention that members of the government payroll, including PPSs, don’t table amendments to government bills. Clearly this is an issue that he feels very strongly about, and so he has chosen to resign.





The government will not oppose Yvette Cooper’s amendment confirming the commitment to hold a vote on extending article 50 if the deal has not been passed by mid-March, Theresa May’s spokesman has said – but only because they think it doesn’t add anything new.

Asked about Cooper’s amendment, the spokesman said:


We would consider that amendment not to be necessary because it simply confirms the words the PM delivered from the dispatch box yesterday. On that basis it’s unlikely we’d oppose something which simply confirmed the prime minister’s own words.

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Starmer confirms Labour backs giving voters choice between ‘credible leave option’ and remain in referendum

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Corbyn writes to all MPs, including Tories, inviting them to back Labour’s Brexit amendment

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