A group of MPs from both sides of the House has put a bill forward which, if successful, could prevent a Brexit with no deal. Chief among them is Labour MP Yvette Cooper who presented the bill earlier today.
With the role of the whips and the extent to which MPs defy them playing a crucial role in Brexit, The Parliamentary Review examines the the Whipping system as a whole, how it works and notable examples of its use.
Labour have announced they will whip their MPs to support a “Common Market 2.0”, a Brexit proposal that would see the UK remaining in the single market. They will also support a Customs Union and a confirmatory vote.
Conservative MP and prominent remainer Dominic Grieve has suffered a vote of no confidence after a “rowdy” Brexit discussion in his Beaconsfield constituency on Friday. Grieve lost the vote 182 to 131 at Beaconsfield’s Conservative association’s annual general meeting.
The Withdrawal Agreement has been defeated for a third time in the House of Commons, losing by 344 votes to 286. Unlike the two previous votes, this vote was not on the deal as a whole but only the Withdrawal Agreement, leaving out the political declaration. This means the result is not classified as a “meaningful vote.”
The Independent Group of breakaway MPs has applied to register as a political party under the name Change UK. The move comes amid speculation that the UK may not leave the European Union by May 22 if Theresa May does not manage to pass her Withdrawal Agreement in time.
Best Practice Representative | Published September 11th 2018