Theresa May is preparing to face yet another showdown in the House of Commons as she presents her ‘Plan B’ for Brexit.
She suffered the biggest parliamentary defeat in history when a majority of 230 MPs voted against her on Brexit.
Tomorrow she will come back with her ‘Plan B’ in the hope that promises of ‘concessions’ from the EU will get it passed through Parliament.
But with critics claiming the new proposal is just ‘Plan A’ under a new name, and MPs tabling amendments to change the course of Brexit entirely, it won’t be a smooth ride.
Labour MP Yvette Cooper has proposed an amendment which would give Parliament control over the Brexit process if Theresa May fails to secure a deal by February 26.
Under her Bill, MPs would have a vote on extending Article 50 to the end of the year, preventing a no-deal exit.
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is understood to be telling his MPs to back the amendment, alongside the SNP and a number of other parties.
A number of Tory rebels have also indicated they will back it.
According to a poll conducted by the Daily Mail, Cooper’s amendment is expected to be voted through – giving MPs the option to delay Brexit if May doesn’t get a deal passed.
How MPs are expected to vote on the Cooper Amendment
Aye- 321 votes
232 Labour MPs
35 SNP MPs
30 Tory rebels
11 Lib Dems
No – 314
284 Tory MPs
20 Labour rebels
10 DUP MPs
The Brady Amendment
Among other amendments also tabled for May’s Brexit motion is one by Sir Graham Brady that would ‘water down’ the backstop agreement in order to bring Tory rebels and the DUP back on side.
The backstop between Northern Ireland and the Republic has been one of the biggest sources of contention during Brexit debates.
Brady said his amendment is intended to break the impasse and added: ‘I’m hoping that the way in which the amendment is crafted can attract that very broad support.
‘And if we can win the vote on my amendment, then I think it gives the prime minister enormous fire power when she gets back
‘If my amendment is carried, she goes back to Brussels and says: “You wanted to know what we can get through the House of Commons? This is it”.’
How MPs are expected to vote on the Brady Amendment
Aye – 313 votes
173 Government MPs
12 Tory backbenchers
10 DUP MPs
5 Labour rebels
No – 322
248 Labour MPs
15 Tory rebels
11 Lib Dems
In another bid to prevent a no-deal Brexit, the cross-party backed proposal from Dominic Grieve would see Parliament get control of Commons business from the Government for six days before March 29.
The government would lose power every Tuesday from February 12 to March 26, so backbenchers can vote on Brexit and is said to be the most far-reaching amendment.
It could open the door for a People’s Vote or a general election.
If selected by Bercow, Grieve’s amendment could pass with backing from Labour MPs and rebel Tories.
How MPs are expected to vote on the Grieve Amendment
Aye – 339 votes
No – 300 votes
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