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Bercow’s dramatic intervention is a distraction from the government’s real challenge: the search for a working majority

None of this really matters unless either the government can secure a majority for its deal, or someone else can secure a majority for something else

By Raphael Hogarth  

The Speaker will doubtless be back in the limelight before too long. But the government's main problem remains the same. Photo: PA

Westminster loves nothing more than a row about process, and John Bercow’s ruling yesterday threw ministers into a fit of procedural rage. Following MPs’ rejection of the government’s Brexit deal, the Speaker decided that the government will not be allowed to ask the House to approve the agreement again unless MPs get to vote on “a substantially different proposition.”

With all the fanfare that MPs have come…

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