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May's deal only option "on the table" says Brexit secretary

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay continued to back the prime minister's deal last night despite John Bercow ruling out a third vote.

Bercow told parliament yesterday that there would not be another meaningful vote on the same deal.

In response, Barclay explained to Sky News that May's deal remained "the only deal on the table".

"What we need to do is secure the deal," he said.

“What the Speaker has said in his ruling is there needs to be something that is different. You can have the same motion but where the circumstances have changed.

“So we need to look at the details of the ruling, we need to consider that in the terms of earlier rulings that don’t particularly align with yesterday’s."

Barclay's response came after May's negotiations with the DUP and potential supporters from Labour backbenchers stalled because of Bercow's announcement.

He also confirmed that the government would look to secure an extension to Article 50.

In a series of non-binding votes last week, MPs supported motions to both rule out the UK leaving with no deal and to ask for an extension to Article 50.


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William Winter
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@theparlreview
March 19 2019

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