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Brexit: Three ministers resign to join 29-strong Tory revolt on indicative votes – as it happened

MPs vote by 329 to 302 for Letwin amendment, despite Theresa May saying government would not be bound by resultHow did each MP vote on the indicative votes amendment?MPs seize control by backing indicative votes amendmentTheresa May maintains carry-on-regardless Brexit strategy 1.18am GMT As not much has happened in the past hour, I’m going to close the blog by republishing my colleague Andrew Sparrow’s excellent snap analysis for those who missed it an hour or so ago. Thanks and goodnight. ...
Tags: Politics, UK news, Brexit, Theresa May, Conservatives, European Union, Europe, Article 50, House of Commons, Boris Johnson, Labour, Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin


Brexit: Three ministers resign to join 29-strong Tory revolt on indicative votes – live news

MPs vote by 329 to 302 for Letwin amendment, despite Theresa May saying government would not be bound by resultHow did each MP vote on the indicative votes amendment?MPs seize control by backing indicative votes amendmentTheresa May maintains carry-on-regardless Brexit strategy 12.33am GMT In the eyes of Conservative MP Nick Boles, the night has been a resounding success for parliamentary democracy.There are 329 MPs who stood up for parliamentary democracy tonight. And three heroes who resig...
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Warning of legal limbo for 3m EU citizens living in UK after Brexit

Free movement, housing and social security rights at risk, says parliamentary reportEU citizens living in the UK would be stripped of their freedom of movement, housing and social security rights by Home Office legislation introduced to regulate immigration following Brexit, a parliamentary report has warned.Despite repeated government reassurances that their privileges will be protected, a study by the joint committee on human rights (JCHR) concludes that more than 3 million Europeans living in...
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Brexit: Three ministers resign to join 30-strong Tory revolt on indicative votes – live news

MPs vote by 329 to 302 for Letwin amendment, despite Theresa May saying government would not be bound by resultHow did each MP vote on the indicative votes amendment?MPs seize control by backing indicative votes amendmentTheresa May maintains carry-on-regardless Brexit strategy 11.12pm GMT These are from Hannah White, deputy director of the Institute for Government.I can see that for Government tonight’s vote represents uncomfortable loss of control over Commons time but it’s NOT ACTUALLY UN...
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MPs back indicative votes by majority of 27 to take control of Brexit process – live news

MPs vote by 329 to 302 for Letwin amendment, despite Theresa May saying government would not be bound by resultWhat are the amendments and how are MPs voting?Theresa May’s Brexit statement - Summary and analysis 10.29pm GMT Thirty Conservative MPs voted for the Letwin amendment.Here is the full list. 10.25pm GMT Here is Graeme Cowie, a Commons library clerk specialising in Brexit, on the Beckett amendment.Reminder of the Beckett amendment, which attracted much less attention than the Let...
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MPs seize control of Brexit process by backing indicative votes amendment

Amendment giving MPs a series of votes on alternatives to May’s Brexit deal passes 329 votes to 302MPs have inflicted a fresh humiliating defeat on Theresa May, voting to seize control of the parliamentary timetable to allow backbenchers to hold a series of votes on alternatives to her Brexit deal.An amendment tabled by former Tory minister Oliver Letwin passed, by 329 votes to 302 on Monday night, as MPs expressed their exasperation at the government’s failure to set out a fresh approach. Conti...
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Brexit: MPs start debate on indicative votes as May hints she might reject what Commons chooses – live news

Rolling coverage including Theresa May’s statement to MPs about Brexit and MPs voting on whether parliament should take control of the processPM concedes lack of support for deal as MPs seek to take controlWhich three amendments will be voted on by MPs?Theresa May’s Brexit statement - Summary and analysis 6.43pm GMT Back in the debate Ken Clarke, the pro-European, asks Starmer if Labour will allow its MPs a free vote during the indicative votes process. He says this is what happened in 1972 ...
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Brexit amendments: which three will be voted on by MPs?

The Speaker has chosen three Brexit amendments to be voted on by MPsFollow the day’s political developments - latest updatesAnother week, another neutral government motion on Brexit, and yet another set of amendments. Here are the amendments tabled. The Speaker, John Bercow has decided that three of them will be voted upon on Monday evening. Continue reading...
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PM concedes lack of support for deal as MPs seek to take control

Theresa May says she is sceptical about ‘indicative votes’ plan but edges closer to ruling out no-deal BrexitFollow all the day’s political developments - live updatesTheresa May has urged MPs not to condemn Britain to a “slow Brexit” this week, as she conceded she did not yet have the support in parliament to bring back her deal for a third meaningful vote.After gathering Brexit-backing grandees at her country retreat of Chequers on Sunday, and speaking to the DUP leader, Arlene Foster, and the...
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Brexit: May tells MPs she does not have enough support to win third meaningful vote – live news

Rolling coverage including Theresa May’s statement to MPs about Brexit and MPs voting on whether parliament should take control of the processGovernment could ignore indicative Brexit votes, says Liam FoxMPs poised to take control and vote on Brexit optionsToday’s amendments tabled so farBrussels confirms return of border checks under no-deal Brexit 3.40pm GMT May says this is her first address to MPs since her speech on Wednesday last week, when she blamed them for blocking Brexit.She says ...
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MPs poised to take control and vote on Brexit options

Ministers believe Theresa May should not offer up a vote on her plan if it is not likely to passFollow all the day’s political developments - live updatesThe government has all but conceded it will lose control of parliament this week and MPs will hold a series of votes on different Brexit options, with ministers believing it would be ultimately pointless for Theresa May to offer the government’s own plan. Related: DUP rejects Theresa May's personal plea to support her deal Continue reading.....
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Brexit: No 10 refuses to confirm next meaningful vote will take place this week - live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s statement to MPs about Brexit and MPs voting on whether parliament should take control of the processGovernment could ignore indicative Brexit votes, says Liam FoxToday’s amendments tabled so far 1.39pm GMT Here is some on what happened at cabinet this morning.From the Times’ Francis ElliottNEW: Cabinet war-gamed general election scenarios as per Steve Barclay yesterday. "It's not just scare-mongerin...
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Brexit: May chairs cabinet ahead of statement to MPs as calls for her resignation continue - live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May’s statement to MPs about Brexit and MPs voting on whether parliament should take control of the process 9.38am GMT You can read all the amendments for this evening’s Brexit debate on the Commons order paper (pdf). The main cross-party indicative votes one has been tabled by Sir Oliver Letwin, the Conservative former cabinet minister.In an interview on the Today programme he said that any votes would be...
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Government could ignore indicative Brexit votes, says Liam Fox

International trade secretary says real choice is still between Theresa May’s deal and no dealFollow the day’s political developments - latest updatesLiam Fox has indicated the government could ignore MPs’ views from indicative Brexit votes this week if parliament’s stated choice goes against the Conservative manifesto, insisting the real choice is still between Theresa May’s deal and no deal.The international trade secretary dismissed calls for May to be ousted, or for the prime minister to off...
Tags: Brexit, Theresa May, Liam Fox, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Boris Johnson, Conservatives, Article 50, European Union, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news


Brexit: leave-backing MPs pile on pressure as May’s deal drifts away

High-stakes Chequers summit breaks up without agreementTheresa May’s prospects of getting her Brexit deal through parliament this week dramatically receded on Sunday night after a high-stakes summit with Boris Johnson and other leading hard-Brexiters at her country retreat broke up without agreement.Tory rebels present said that the prime minister repeated “all the same lines” about her deal and that nothing new emerged during the three-hour meeting, at which Jacob Rees-Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith a...
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The week ahead for Brexit: third time lucky for May?

With more than 120 MPs backing an amendment in support of indicative voting, it’s going to be a fraught five daysMany weeks have so far been billed as crunch weeks for Brexit. But with the revised departure date looming, Theresa May’s proposal looking all-but doomed and the prime minister’s own position openly questioned, the next days really do appear crucial. Here is what could happen and when. Continue reading...
Tags: Brexit, Article 50, European Union, Europe, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news, Theresa May, Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin, Conservatives, Labour


Brexit petition to revoke article 50 exceeds 5m signatures

Call to put brakes on UK’s EU exit is most popular petition ever on parliament websiteThe petition asking the British government to revoke article 50 and reconsider its plan to exit the European Union has passed the 5m-signature mark, following a massive demonstration in London on Saturday.As of 11pm on Sunday, 5.3m people had signed the petition, making it the most popular to have been submitted to the parliament website. The previous highest total of 4,150,260 was for a 2016 petition calling f...
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Brexiters pile on pressure as May’s deal drifts away

High-stakes Chequers summit breaks up without agreementTheresa May’s prospects of getting her Brexit deal through parliament this week dramatically receded on Sunday night after a high-stakes summit with Boris Johnson and other leading hard-Brexiters at her country retreat broke up without agreement.Tory rebels present said that the prime minister repeated “all the same lines” about her deal and that nothing new emerged during the three-hour meeting, where Jacob Rees-Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith and ...
Tags: Theresa May, Brexit, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith, Dominic Raab, Michael Gove, David Lidington, Philip Hammond, Article 50, European Union, Europe, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news


Ministers deny plotting to oust May as Brexit rebels head for Chequers

Michael Gove and David Lidington deny claims of coup as PM meets with Johnson and Rees-MoggPhilip Hammond has admitted Theresa May’s Brexit deal may not be able to get through the Commons, as senior ministers moved to quell speculation the prime minister could be forced out within days in a cabinet revolt.With the prime minister preparing to meet a group of senior Tory rebels at her Chequers country retreat, the chancellor told Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday that Conservative colleagues were “...
Tags: Brexit, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, European Union, Article 50, Conservatives, Conservative leadership, Philip Hammond, Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Michael Gove, Dominic Raab, Iain Duncan Smith, Steve Barclay


‘Mr Europe’ David Lidington: the obscure remainer who could replace May

Deputy PM is mooted as interim leader, but his pro-remain record would be a problemDavid Lidington, who is mooted to take over as interim prime minister should Theresa May be ousted, may scarcely register with the general public, but within his party he is known for being on the pro-remain wing, having served as Europe minister from 2010 to 2016.That means he is at least well-versed on the subject that has torn the Conservatives apart for more than three decades and which threatens to take down ...
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Pro-remain MPs draw up plans to vote on revoking article 50

Talks come as the number who have signed petition on parliament website to stop Brexit passes 4.6 millionPro-Remain MPs are drawing up plans for a vote on revoking article 50 as an emergency measure to stop Britain crashing out of the EU, after an online petition to cancel Brexit became the most popular ever.By Saturday night more than 4.6 million people had signed the petition on the parliament website, which states: “A People’s Vote may not happen – so vote now”. Continue reading...
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One telling image: in a Brussels corridor, the EU takes back control of Brexit

A photo of an ad hoc crisis meeting gives an insight into the efforts made to cope with a floundering British governmentAs pictures go, it spoke volumes. On Thursday evening in Brussels, Bulgaria’s permanent representative to the EU, Dimiter Tzantchev, tweeted a photograph he titled “In the corridors of the European Council art 50”.In a play of light and shadow, as if in a Golden Age painting by a modern-day Rembrandt or Frans Hals, a tight cluster of perhaps two dozen figures, some standing, so...
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End of the road for Theresa May's Brexit – cartoon

Stymied by Jacob Rees-Mogg and the ERG, the prime minister lurches towards oblivion Continue reading...
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'Fromage not Farage': the best placards on the People's Vote march

The Put it to the People anti-Brexit demonstration takes place in central London Continue reading...
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Calls grow for public inquiry into Brexit

Investigation could look at ballot wording, May’s red lines and negotiation strategyCalls for a public inquiry into Brexit are mounting among diplomats, business figures, peers and MPs, amid claims that the civil service is already planning for a future investigation into how it has been handled.The decision to call the referendum, the red lines drawn up by Theresa May and Britain’s negotiating strategy are all issues that senior figures would like to be examined. Continue reading...
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More than 4 million sign Brexit petition to revoke article 50

The online petition has sparked conspiracy theories on both sides of the debateAn online petition calling for the UK government to revoke article 50 and remain in the EU has reached 4m signatures.The petition, which was started in late February by “frustrated remainer” Margaret Georgiadou, has gained momentum very quickly, and has now reached just over 4m nods of support, adding 2.5m signees in less than 24 hours. Continue reading...
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May urged to go as she hints at pulling third vote on Brexit deal

Amid calls to ‘fall on her sword’, PM writes to Tory MPs saying deal will return if there is sufficient supportPressure on Theresa May has reached new heights as ministers backed attempts to let parliament take control of the next stage of the Brexit process and MPs openly speculated that her time in office could end within weeks.As a beleaguered May returned from Brussels, MPs suggested her deal could lose by an even higher margin, with several saying the timing now required the prime minister ...
Tags: Brexit, Theresa May, European Union, Europe, Article 50, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news, Leo Varadkar, David Lidington, Greg Clark, Hilary Benn, Dominic Grieve


MPs call for May to 'fall on her sword' as Brexit deal could lose again

EU increasingly believes no-deal Brexit on 12 April is most likely outcomePressure on Theresa May has reached new heights as ministers backed attempts to let parliament take control of the next stage of the Brexit process and MPs openly speculated that her time in office could end within weeks.As a beleaguered May returned from Brussels, MPs suggested her deal could lose by an even higher margin, with several saying the timing now required the prime minister to “fall on her sword”. Continue read...
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Brexit: DUP accuses May of being 'far too willing to capitulate' to EU – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including reaction to the new Brexit timetable decided by EU leadersFull story: May appeal falls flatUK papers: ‘One last chance’Timeline: what happens next? 4.09pm GMT Greg Clark, the business secretary, has insisted that the government will go ahead with the plans for indicative votes in the Commons next week which were promised by David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister, at the end of last week. Lidington was quite specific, but o...
Tags: Politics, UK news, Brexit, European Union, Europe, Theresa May, Article 50, Conservatives, Foreign policy, Greg Clark, House of Commons, Democratic Unionist party (DUP


Brexit: MPs could get free vote on way forward if deal rejected, minister says – live news

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, including reaction to the new Brexit timetable decided by EU leadersFull story: May appeal falls flatUK papers: ‘One last chance’Timeline: what happens next? 3.10pm GMT Emmanuel Macron, the French president, is holding a post-summit press conference [email protected]: We need to get out of this checkmate. We need the UK to come up with a solution. #Brexit #brextension pic.twitter.com/EIQeRQpBakEmmanuel Macron: "Brexit to me is not a te...
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