In an unprecedented move, John Bercow has chosen to overrule the advice of his clerks, selecting a Dominic Grieve amendment that forces the Government to hold rolling votes very three days following a defeat of the meaningful vote.
Bercow is behaving as outrageously as Guido predicted. The Government and MPs alike were led to believe the business motion, due to be voted on this afternoon, could not be amended. Bercow, however, was more than happy to break the rules to allow Grieve’s remainer wrecking amendment.
UPDATE: Grieve confirms his amendment has been selected saying,
“It is eminently sensible and I hope the Government will accept it. This solidifies and emphasises the key role of Parliament. It is going to be essential in dealing with Brexit.”
By applauding Bercow’s constitutional sabotage and defiance of the advice of his clerks, Grieve has revealed himself to be a far cry from the defender of the constitution he likes to paint himself as. Just as Brexiteers suspected, his high-minded talk of principle and the constitution was just for convenience’s sake…