Theresa May has conceded that there currently is not “sufficient support” for a Meaningful Vote 3 in the Commons currently but said she still hopes to be able to call one “sometime this week”. In her first statement since the EU agreed an extension to Brexit she confirmed that the changes have now been made in international law.
She said she was “sceptical” about the prospect of so-called indicative votes which would see Parliament vote on a range of options as she said they have previously produced no clear outcome and sent “contradictory” messages. Although she said the government was prepared to allow Parliamentary time for such votes, a amendment placed by Tory Oliver Letwin could see May lose control of the entire process.
Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn said that they would back the Letwin amendment as it is time for “Parliament to take back control”. He asked if may would agree to abide by the outcomes of these votes which are scheduled for Wednesday. Parliament, Corbyn said, needs to “come together” and clean up the governments mess.
In reply, May said that the government would not commit to abiding by the outcome of any indicative votes. The debate on the Letwin amendment begins this afternoon with a vote expected between 9 & 10 pm.