MP’s voted tonight on a series of amendments which will shape the future of the Brexit process.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Theresa May announced her intention to try and renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement following it’s historic defeat. She also expressed her support for the amendment laid down by Sir Graham Brady which would seek a legally binding change to the infamous ‘backstop’ agreement. The amendment was also supported by the Eurosceptic European Reform Group.
The ‘Brexit Delaying’ amendment of note was tabled by Labour MP Yvette Cooper and Nick Boles, a Tory Remoaner. This would allow for the extension of Article 50 if no deal is reached by February 26th. Finally, Caroline Spelmen MP and Jack Dromey MP tabled another cross-party amendment which rejected a no deal or WTO Brexit.
Coopers amendment fell by 321 to 298 votes and unsurprisingly.
Spelmen’s amendment also passed. It won by 318 to 310 votes.
Although the amendment is not legally binding, it is another clear indication that MP’s are simply not willing to countenance a WTO Brexit.