John Bercow rejects Boris Johnson’s demand for ‘meaningful vote’ on Brexit deal

John Bercow has dealt Boris Johnson a major blow by rejecting the PM’s demand for a “meaningful vote” on his Brexit deal.

The Commons Speaker said the Government’s motion on Monday was the same in substance as the one considered on Saturday by MPs.

He said: “It’s clear that the motions are in substance the same.

“However, this matter was decided fewer than 49 hours ago. After more than three hours of debate the House voted by 322 to 306 for Sir Oliver Letwin’s amendment, which stated that ‘this House has considered the matter but withholds approval unless and until implementing legislation is passed’.”

Mr Bercow continued: “Today’s motion is in substance the same as Saturday’s motion, and the House has decided the matter.

“Today’s circumstances are in substance the same as Saturday’s circumstances.

“My ruling is therefore that the motion will not be debated today as it would be repetitive and disorderly to do so.”

He said the “same question convention” is “a necessary rule to ensure the sensible use of the House’s time, and proper respect for the decisions that it takes”.

Mr Bercow has previously ruled out repeatedly bringing back votes on the same matter more than once.

The Speaker added that the Government can legitimately introduce its EU Withdrawal and Implementation Bill.

He said: “I have no doubt that the leader will offer further details of the intended timetable for the Bill when he makes a business statement later today.”

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