3/18/2019, 4:47 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Bercow: 3rd MPs' vote unlikely unless Brexit deal is changed

The Speaker of the British House of Commons John Bercow announced on Monday that, in order for a third meaningful vote on the Brexit agreement to take place, the United Kingdom government should submit a "substantially" different proposition to the deal that was defeated last week.

Bercow noted that today's statement is not his "last word" on the subject but stressed that he will likely refuse to accept a proposition which is "same" or "substantially same" as the already rejected Brexit deal, as it is against UK parliamentary practice to vote more than once on a motion which is "same in substance" as another one during the same session. Meanwhile, he noted that he allowed a second meaningful vote on the existing deal as Prime Minister Theresa May managed to negotiate "legal changes" to the ordinal agreement prior to that vote.

The speaker stressed that the government still hasn't confirmed it even plans to bring forward a motion for a third meaningful vote on the withdrawal agreement, but added he decided to make the statement about what would be "orderly and what would not" amid rumors there are such plans.

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