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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Expelled Tory MP, Richard Benyon, on the short three-day Programme Motion for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill:

“Whether you had three days, three weeks or three months debating this, you would not hear one original argument that we hadn’t otherwise heard in this process…”


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