Britain’s parliamentary speaker John Bercow has told the government today that it could not vote again on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal because it poses the same question to parliament twice and it would be “repetitive and disorderly” to debate it again.
Instead, he said, it could pursue the route of getting legislation required for departure form the EU through parliament first rather than having a straight “yes or no” vote on Johnsons deal.
“In summary, today’s motion is in substance the same as Saturday’s motion and the House has decided the matter. Today’s circumstances are in substance the same as Saturday’s circumstances,” he went on to say that “My ruling is therefore that the motion will not be debated today as it would be repetitive and disorderly to do so.”
Johnson was ambushed in parliament on Saturday by opponents who demanded a change to the sequencing of the ratification of the deal, exposing the prime minister to a law which forced him to request a delay until Jan. 31.
Angering his critics, the PM sent a letter to the EU unsigned and added another signed letter arguing against what he said was a deeply corrosive delay.
“A further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners, and the relationship between us,” Johnson said his own letter, signed “Boris Johnson”.
As of yet, the EU has not given a clear response but is preparing the steps needed to ratify the deal in the European Parliament.
As a result, we have seen the Pound strengthen throughout today topping 1.30 on the Dollar and mid 1.16 on the Euro.