The Speaker of the House John Bercow, has told MPs that the government will not be allowed to carry out a further vote on the Brexit withdrawal deal, if its contents remain ‘substantially the same.’

Speaking in the House of Commons, Bercow said that based on parliamentary conventions dating back to 1604, MPs would not be able to ask for the same subject to vote on more than once.

When referring to the first and second votes on the Brexit deal which were both voted down, Bercow said that there were differences based on the tweaks and bi-lateral publications shared between the EU and UK. This therefore made the second vote different and legitimate for the Parliament to vote on.

When asked by Chair of the Brexit committee Hilary Benn, if the EU will have to agree changes to the agreement rather than concessions to MPs, Bercow said, ‘in all likelihood, the answer to [Benn’s] question is yes’.

He adds that it would need to be different in what it does, not simply what it says.

Therefore, Bercow’s words implied that a third meaningful vote on the Brexit deal would need to be different as per Parliamentary rules.

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‘If the government wishes to bring forward a new proposition that is neither the same nor substantially the same as that disposed of by the House on March 12, this would be entirely in order.

What the government cannot legitimately do is resubmit to the House the same proposition – or substantially the same proposition – as that of last week, which was rejected by 149 votes.

This ruling should not be regarded as my last word on the subject. It is simply meant to indicate the test which the government must meet in order for me to rule that a third meaningful vote can legitimately be held in this parliamentary session.’, Bercow told Parliament.

It seems the government aren’t happy about Bercow’s comments…

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This might mean that the government would consider proroguing Parliament, the act of ending the Parliamentary session.

Better the deal than a No-Deal

Earlier today the chair of the European Research Group (ERG) Jacob Rees-Mogg, said that if given the choice between a No-Deal Brexit and the Prime Minister’s deal, he said he would go for the deal.

‘I think many people think that this Brexit is better than a Brexit denied, but that they think we can still get to no deal. As long as people think we can still get to no deal, they will vote the deal down. And that’s my position too. So the debate is really, is no deal still realistic?’ Rees-Mogg said.

However, despite his comments there are around 23 Conservatives who do not agree.

They said that they will be voting against the deal.

The MPs are reported to be: Adam Afriyie, Lucy Allan, Crispin Blunt, Peter Bone, Andrew Bridgen, Richard Drax, Mark Francois, Marcus Fysh, Chris Green, Adam Holloway, Philip Hollobone, Ranil Jayawardena, Andrea Jenkyns, David Jones, Dr Julian Lewis, Craig Mackinlay, Sheryll Murray, Owen Paterson, Sir John Redwood, Andrew Rosindell, Ross Thomson, Michael Tomlinson and Anne-Marie Trevelyan.