Boris Johnson’s bid to hold second Brexit vote rejected (FT)

  • The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has rejected Boris Johnson’s attempt to hold a second “meaningful vote” on his new Brexit deal, ruling that the move violates parliamentary conventions.
  • The UK prime minister is now expected to try to secure a majority for his deal when legislation implementing the deal is put to a vote in the Commons on Tuesday.
  • MPs have not yet seen the withdrawal agreement bill but will be expected to give it a second reading — the main “in principle vote” — on Tuesday.
  • If Mr Johnson wins Tuesday’s vote he has indicated he will bring forward a “programme motion” to accelerate the Brexit legislation through the Commons and Lords in time for the October 31 Brexit deadline.
  • According to an analysis by the Financial Times based on past voting records and public statements, there could be a majority of five for the Brexit deal. Some 320 MPs appear set to back Mr Johnson’s deal, with 315 opposed.

A vote against Brexit timetable is a vote against October 31 departure – UK government (Reuters)

  • British lawmakers who do not support the government’s planned timetable to pass legislation to ratify its Brexit deal will be voting not to leave the European Union on Oct. 31, the leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg said on Monday.
  • The government said it planned for the legislation to complete its House of Commons stages by the end of Thursday, prompting anger from many lawmakers that the tight schedule would not provide enough time to properly scrutinise the legislation.
  • Lawmakers will on Tuesday be asked to approve the proposed timetable, known as the programme motion.
  • Democratic Unionist Party lawmaker Jeffrey Donaldson, whose party’s 10 votes could prove key to approving the timetable, indicated he may not support it, saying the proposed scrutiny “does not do justice to what the constituents that I represent need”.

Northern Ireland trade deals could differ to UK’s under new Brexit plan (MLex)

  • Northern Ireland could lose out on parts of future UK trade deals, including a planned agreement with the US, should Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal win approval from lawmakers.
  • The deal would align Northern Ireland’s standards with those of the EU. That means certain foreign goods will be blocked from entering Northern Ireland under UK trade deals if they don’t live up to EU criteria — unless Britain agrees also to be bound by those EU requirements when negotiating trade pacts.
  • The Brexit deal could also make it hard to prove the origin of parts of products sold in Northern Ireland, causing headaches for UK trade negotiators.
  • Because Belfast has to follow EU regulation, according to Johnson’s deal, this would most likely mean that it would not be allowed to trade these particular goods with the US, while the rest of the UK would.