Government Defeated 303 to 258 on Meaningless Vote

The Government has suffered a defeat on its latest Brexit motion after ERG MPs decided to abstain over fears that the wording of the motion meant they would be implicitly rejecting no deal. The motion is of course meaningless and has no legal effect – in truth the whole row could and should have been averted. A number of ERG MPs are privately unimpressed with the fact that they’ve had to burn up political capital on something so inconsequential…

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Andrea Leadsom told BBC Radio 4’s Today

“He’s made his views on Brexit on the record, and the problem with that of course is that the chair’s impartiality is absolutely essential. … He’s made his views known on Brexit… it’s a matter for him but nevertheless it’s a challenge and all colleagues need to form their own view of that.”


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