Vote On Brexit Legislation To Take Place Today

A spokesman for Boris Johnson last night reacted to John Bercow’s decision not to grant a Meaningful Vote yesterday.

Downing Street said -“We are disappointed that the Speaker has yet again denied us a chance to deliver on the will of British people.”

“We will go ahead with the WAB today. The Public want Brexit done.”

Downing Street also confirmed that the ministerial no-deal committee will meet every day, including weekends from now on and hundreds of civil servants will be redeployed to no-deal work.

That was after the European Parliament conference of presidents formally decided that no ratification of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement would take place this week because the UK Parliament won’t formally ratify it before Friday.

However, TBG understands that the EU Parliament could still ratify in emergency session next week.

The important vote today will be on the timetable, or programme motion, for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

This is the law that must pass before Brexit.

The government wants it on the statute book by 31 October.

Labour will try to humiliate the Prime Minister by forcing a delay.

However, in a serious blow to this, the whole Tory One Nation grouping agreed last night not to back any customs union amendment.

Both the Lib Dem’s and SNP are thought to be abstaining because of the fact that they want to revoke Article 50 completely.

The programme motion is therefore the “real meaningful vote” and expect fireworks around Westminster from around 7:00pm tonight.