Brexit amendments are coming thick and fast, and Theresa May is back in Parliament today, along with all other MPs, in order to vote on various changes to her withdrawal agreement, which was voted down unanimously.
Most likely to be voted through:
Yvette Cooper’s Brexit amendment would tell the government to allow time for a bid to postpone Brexit by nine months – if it has not managed to get a deal ratified in parliament by the end of February. Labour has still not signalled whether it will support the bid.
Graham Brady’s amendment requires the backstop plan to prevent a hard border reforming on the island of Ireland to be “replaced with alternative arrangements”. May has urged Tory MPs to back this amendment in order to show the EU her Brexit deal will attract support, if the backstop is altered or removed.
Brexit Amendment A is led by Jeremy Corbyn, and would tell the government to allow time for a debate and vote on options to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
Brexit Amendment C is by Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable. It would instruct the government to rule out a no-deal Brexit and begin preparations for another referendum.
Brexit Amendment F is tabled by Labour’s Hilary Benn. He wants a series of non-binding votes to be held on different Brexit scenarios to figure out what there is consensus for in parliament.
Brexit Amendment G is led by Conservative backbencher and ex-attorney general Dominic Grieve. It would give MPs six full days to debate and vote on alternative Brexit options.
Brexit Amendment J is a cross-party effort by Mr Grieve, Mr Benn and the business select committee chair Rachel Reeves. It tells the government to ask the EU to delay Brexit if no deal has been passed in parliament by the end of February but gives no specification of how long for.
Brexit Amendment M is a bid by Conservative backbencher John Baron. It says MPs will reject the deal if it does not include a right for the UK to unilaterally quit the backstop.
Brexit Amendment O is spearheaded by the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford. It requires the government to ask for Article 50 to be extended and demands Scotland not be taken out of the EU given it voted to Remain.
Brexit Amendment P is the brainchild of Labour’s Frank Field and the Conservatives Ken Clarke and Heidi Allen. It calls for the government to provide time for votes on different Brexit choices, including changing the backstop, leaving the EU with no deal, delaying Brexit, a Norway or Canada-style deal and another referendum.
Brexit Amendment Q is from the SNP’s Angus MacNeil and Pete Wishart. It calls on the government to withdraw Article 50, cancelling Brexit.
Source: Sky News