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  • It is that time again for Brexit voting in The House of Commons following May’s second defeated attempt to get her Brexit deal approved.  

At 1900 GMT, The House of Commons will vote on whether to proceed with a no-deal Brexit, or, as a more the likelier scenario, to vote against a no-deal Brexit which will send Theresa May to ask for a 29 March extension, something that markets have already started to price in.  

MPs have tabled a series of amendments to Theresa May’s motion on a no-deal Brexit as follows:

Note: The following are extracts from The Guardian

Speaker John Bercow selected two for debate in the House of Commons as being;

1) No no-deal ever: Tabled by the West Midlands MPs Caroline Spelman and Jack Dromey and backed by senior figures from all sides of the Commons including Sir Oliver Letwin, Hilary Benn, Nick Boles and Yvette Cooper, as well as all 11 members of the Independent Group, this amendment simply rejects a no-deal Brexit at any time and under any circumstances.

2) Malthouse compromise: Tabled by a group of Conservative MPs drawn from both leave and remain wings of the party, this amendment calls for a delay to Brexit day from 29 March to 22 May to give time for preparations to leave without a deal. It says the government should then offer a “standstill” agreement with the EU and its member states, lasting up to the end of 2021 at the latest, during which the UK would pay into EU budgets and observe legal obligations while a permanent relationship is negotiated.

The amendments that had not been selected for debate were:

3) Revoke article 50: Tabled by the Scottish National party’s Angus MacNeil and backed by Europhile MPs including the Tory grandee Kenneth Clarke, Labour’s Keith Vaz and Plaid Cymru’s Westminster leader, Liz Saville Roberts, this amendment calls on the government to halt Brexit by revoking its notice of intention to leave under article 50 of the EU treaties.

4) Plaid Cymru: Tabled by the Welsh nationalist party’s four MPs, this would require the government to extend article 50 negotiations to 2021 and hold a referendum at the end of that period on leaving with a deal or remaining in the EU.

5) Independent Group: Backed by all 11 former Labour and Tory MPs who defected to form the Independent Group, this would rule out no deal under any circumstances and state that the Commons has the power to instruct the prime minister to request an extension of negotiations, revoke article 50 or hold a second referendum. A second Independent Group amendment simply rules out leaving without a withdrawal agreement or future relationship framework.