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Brexit plan B debate will last only 90 minutes, says No 10

News Summed Up 2019-01-10 05:30:00

Downing Street says one amendment would be allowed to motion if PM’s deal is defeatedDowning Street has said that if Theresa May’s deal is voted down, any debate over a Brexit plan B would be 90 minutes long and only one amendment would be allowed. Any Brexit plan B debate would be likely to be held in a crisis atmosphere with intense pressure on MPs to decide how to act. No 10 conceded that its interpretation of parliamentary procedure relating to the Grieve amendment could be overturned by Bercow. MPs were quick to voice concern, with Yvette Cooper raising a point of order a few hours later in the Commons, asking Bercow to clarify that the government could allow more time for any plan B Brexit debate if it so wished. “I am extremely confident if that hypothetical scenario were to arise that colleagues would assert themselves,” Bercow told MPs, indicating he expected parliament to demand a longer debate.