MPs are set to inflict a crushing "clean vote" on Theresa May’s Brexit deal tonight – after a series of amendments were swept out the way.
Tonight’s vote isn’t as simple as voting ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on 585-page pact with the EU, even though MPs are expected to pick a firm ‘no’.
First they must vote on amendments which, if accepted by a majority of MPs, would turn May’s deal into a compromise.
That, in turn, would have watered down the scale of a defeat – because it would have split opposition to the deal into different camps.
It’s now been confirmed the biggest serious amendments, by Labour’s Hilary Benn and Tory Hugo Swire, will NOT be voted upon.
But Speaker John Bercow confirmed there would be four amendments to be voted upon.
Here is a summary of how tonight’s votes should unfold.
What are the main amendments to the Brexit deal?
The Brexit vote result is now due at 8.15pm – if no amendments are accepted by MPs.
The time will shift, and could be earlier, if amendments are accepted.
Vote results are currently expected to come in the following order.
7.15pm: Amendment A: Labour’s bid to reject Mrs May’s deal and "pursue every option" to prevent the UK leaving the EU with no deal.
7.30pm: Amendment K: SNP bid to reject the Brexit deal and extend the date of Article 50. It also calls on the UK Government to "respect the will" of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly which both junked the deal.
7.45pm: Amendment B: Tory MP Sir Edward Leigh proposes backing the deal, but only if the government agrees to PULL OUT of the deal in early 2022 if it’s "become clear" that the backstop is going to continue. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox rejected this amendment – saying it was incompatible with international law.
8pm: Amendment F: Tory MP John Baron is proposing an amendment that would allow MPs to back the deal – but only if the UK has a right to end the backstop WITHOUT Brussels’ permission. This would require changes to the actual Brexit deal, a big red line for the EU.
8.15pm: MAIN RESULT
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