Brexit LIVE: Remainer Bercow gives green light to Grieve bid to stop Boris suspending MPs

Posted on Jul 18 2019 - 10:52am by admin

Tory rebels, led by arch-Remainer Dominic Grieve, tabled the amendment to stop the next prime minister suspending parliament in order to prevent Britain leaving the bloc without an agreement on October 31. Peers have already voted 272 to 169 in favour of another amendment which which will force a Government minister to address parliament in the run-up to the Halloween Brexit deadline. The amendment to the Northern Ireland Bill toughens up a change narrowly passed in the Commons last week.

MPs backed a proposal by Mr Grieve calling for fortnightly reports from the Government on the efforts to restore the power-sharing executive.

The bill could further add to the Tory civil war, following reports some ministers could resign unless a free vote on the issue is offered by Prime Minister Theresa May.

BBC Newsnight’s political editor, Nicholas Watt, said yesterday evening: “Tonight I’ve learnt there are big discussions amongst big ministers about whether they should resign tomorrow.

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Brexit news: Parliament will vote on an amendment to stop no deal (Image: GETTY)

“It is to support a possible vote in Parliament which would effectively block the next Prime Minister from suspending Parliament.”

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary, David Gauke, has labeled the idea of proroguing parliament as “outrageous”.

Mr Gauke said: “The idea that parliament should be suspended in October at a crucial point in this country’s history that parliament should not be able to sit, should not be able to express its opinion and its will, I think would be outrageous.”

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Brexit news: David Gauke has called the idea of suspending parliament ‘outrageous’ (Image: REUTERS)

During the final Tory hustings in London last night, Boris Johnson again refused to rule out suspending Parliament.

His rival in the leadership contest, Jeremy Hunt insisted he would not use the method to force Britain’s exit from the EU.


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Brexit news: Boris Johnson has so far refused to rule out suspending parliament (Image: GETTY)

10.45am update: Greening urges MPs to ‘use common sense’ and back amendment

Tory MP Justine Greening who has backed the amendment, has called on her fellow parliamentarians “to show some common sense” and block the next PM from suspending parliament in October.

The former education secretary wrote on Twitter: “Important votes on Northern Ireland Bill later today.

“Time for all MPs to show some common sense and keep Parliament open as normal in September and October.

“Brexit needs resolving & only Parliament can break the deadlock. Today’s the day to stop prorogation.”

10.30am update: Bercow selects amendment to prevent no deal Brexit

Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has selected the cross-party amendment which aims to prevent the next Prime Minister suspending parliament to force a no deal Brexit.

MPs will vote on the amendment in parliament this afternoon.

The Northern Ireland Bill builds on an amendment narrowly passed in the Commons last week.

The motion is signed by leading MPs including Dominic Grieve, Hilary Been, Sir Oliver Lewin and Anna Soubry.

It states: “If, as a result of parliament standing prorogued or adjourned, a Minister of the Crown cannot comply with obligations in subsection (2a) or (2b), a proclamation under the Meeting of Parliament Act 1797 shall require parliament to meet on a specified day within the period within which compliance with subsection (2b) is required and to meet on the five following days to allow for compliance with subsection (2b).”

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Brexit news: John Bercow has approved an amendment to stop the next PM suspending parliament (Image: PA)

9.55am update: UK to face economic recession by 2020 in no deal Brexit – OBR warns

The UK economy could plummet into a recession if Britain leaves the European Union with a deal, the Office for Budget Responsibility has said. 

The Independent Government body has warned real GDP could fall by 2 percent by the end of 2020.

The OBR said: “Heightened uncertainty and declining confidence deter investment, while higher trade barriers with the EU weigh on exports.

“Together, these push the economy into recession, with asset prices and the pound falling sharply. Real GDP falls by 2 percent by the end of 2020 and is 4 percent below our March forecast by that point.

“Higher trade barriers also slow growth in potential productivity, while lower net inward migration reduces labour force growth, so potential output is lower than the baseline throughout the scenario.

“The imposition of tariffs and the sterling depreciation raise inflation and squeeze real household incomes, but the Monetary Policy Committee is able to cut Bank Rate to support demand, helping to bring output back towards potential and inflation back towards target.”


Brexit Live: MPs have urged the Bank of England to provide regular economic updates (Image: REUTERS)

9.40am update: BOE and Treasury urged by MPs to provide updates on no deal impact

A cross-party committee of MPs has written to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury Sir Tom Scholar to provide updated reports on the economic impact of a no-deal Brexit and different EU withdrawal scenarios.

The Treasury Select Committee said it wants “up-to-date and rigorous analysis” of the current key Brexit outcomes to ensure Parliament is fully informed before making decisions on the UK’s EU withdrawal.

9.35am update: Lidington claims EU wanted Brexit delayed by 5 years

Theresa May’s de facto deputy, David Lidington, has claimed the EU wanted to delay Brexit in 2018 for a further five years.

Mr Lidington said the Brussels proposed putting the UK’s exit “on ice” to try and seek a “new deal for Europe”.

The Tory frontbencher told BBC panorama: “Martin {Selmayr] sort of said ‘Look, why don’t we have a deal whereby we just put all this on ice for five years? Let’s see how things go, let’s get the UK involved with France and Germany, let’s see how the dust settles and let’s talk about whether we can come to a new deal for Europe’.”

9.15am update: Hunt says Irish backstop will not happen – ‘No way!’

Jeremy Hunt has said there was “no way” the controversial Irish backstop would ever get through Parliament.

The Foreign Secretary also stated the Brexit impasse has caused a “constitutional crisis” for Europe as well as the UK.

Mr Hunt told BBC Radio 4 today programme: “The backstop isn’t going to happen. It’s failed to get through Parliament three times, there is no way it is going to ever get through Parliament, and so the question is are we going to look for a solution or not?

“And I think that wiser heads in Europe recognise that this is a constitutional crisis – not just for the UK – but for Europe as well.”

8.50am update: Hunt slams Barnier’s ‘my way or the highway’ Brexit strategy

Jeremy Hunt has slammed Michel Barnier’s “my way or the highway” stance on Brexit and has called on Brussels find a “solution”to solve the impasse.

The Tory leadership hopeful has called on the EU to ditch the failed Withdrawal Agreement and “learn from what went wrong”.

The Foreign Secretary told BBC Today programme: “I understand Michel Barnier’s frustration and indeed his disappointment that his deal has essentially failed.

“But if you’re looking for a solution – and he used the word solution – then what you don’t do is say ‘Here is a 600-page deal that has failed to get through Parliament three times’ and say ‘I’m sorry it’s my way or the highway, take it or leave it’.

“You won’t get a solution if that happens. The way to get through the impasse is to learn from what went wrong.”

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Brexit news: Jeremy Hunt has slammed Michel Barnier stubborn stance on the UK’s exit from the bloc (Image: GETTY)

8.45am update: Senior EU official says UK not prepared for ‘hard’ Brexit

A top EU official has blamed the UK for the Brexit delay and insisted the European Union is “very well-prepared” for a no deal Brexit.

European Commission official, Martin Selmayr stated the bloc has not seen the same level of planning from Britain to deal with leaving the bloc.

Mr Selmayr told BBC Panorama: “We have followed the British debate and the British preparations very, very closely and we have seen what has been prepared on our side of the border for a hard Brexit – we don’t see the same level of preparation on the other side of the border.

“You would have to establish a lot of authorities in the United Kingdom that you don’t have at this moment in time so I think the European Union have been very well-prepared for that – we could live with a hard Brexit.

“We don’t think the same level of preparation is there on the UK side.”

8.35am update: Barnier claims May ‘never’ threatened a no deal Brexit

Michel Barnier has claimed Theresa May “never” threatened a no deal Brexit during three-years of negotiations with the European Union.

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, insisted the Withdrawal Agreement was the only way to leave in an “orderly manner”.

In an explosive interview with BBC Panorama, recorded in May – Mr Barnier was asked if the Prime Minister or her team of negotiators ever mentioned or threatened a no deal exit.

Mr Barnier said: “No, no, I never listened to such a sentence. Never.”

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Brexit news: Michel Barnier claims Theresa May ‘never’ threatened no deal (Image: REUTERS)

8.25am update: Barnier issues no deal warning to next PM – ‘Never been impressed by such a threat’

Michel Barnier has sent a stern message to the next Prime Minister insisting the EU will not be fazed by threats of a no deal Brexit.

The EU chief Brexit negotiator has warned Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt the bloc has “never been impressed” by threats of the UK leaving the bloc without an agreement.

The French eurocrat said: “I think that the UK side, which is well informed and competent and knows the way we work on the EU side, knew from the very beginning that we’ve never been impressed by such a threat. It’s not useful to use it.”

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