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Bercow a hero?
Theresa May will be obliged to present MPs with a new Brexit plan within three days if her current proposal is voted down next week, after a procedural amendment to the plan's progress through the Commons was passed amid chaotic scenes.
The amendment to the business motion for the plan, drawn up by the Conservative former attorney general Dominic Grieve, gives May the deadline to put forward new plans if she loses the vote, as many expect, next Tuesday.
The amendment was passed by 308 votes to 297 following stormy scenes in which a series of Conservative MPs castigated the Speaker, John Bercow, for allowing the amendment.

Allowing the amendment was apparently done against the advice of the High Priests (clerks), and is pretty rare :

Bercow is not the first Speaker to make a unilateral change to the parliamentary rules. But it would be fair to say it doesn't happen often. Experts who know their history point to the power to shut down debate ("a closure motion") which was introduced by Speaker Brand after Irish MPs stopped all progress on a government bill for five days in a row. That was in 1880, approximately 140 years ago.

But rather than acting in a dangerously partisan manner, as some allege, I think he's made a statesmanlike move, in that the government seems to have completely lost its head and not have a clue how to proceed.

Time to take back control, indeed.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Jan 9th, 2019 at 03:46:26 PM EST

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