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Brexit and parliament: what the “meaningful vote” will really mean

Despite anxiety, MPs will be able to make their voices heard on Brexit without pushing Britain over the no-deal cliff. But what happens beyond that is anyone's guess

By Tom Clark   December 2018

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How MPs will have their say

Brexit is not yet a done deal. Some arcane parliamentary procedure still stands in its way. Thanks to a rebel amendment to the EU Withdrawal Act any deal with Brussels can only be implemented once the Commons has approved the deal. Further flesh was added to the bones of the “meaningful vote” in the summer when ministers spelled out that MPs would have to approve this immediate “divorce agreement,” and also (and just as important) a political declaration on the…

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