There are various ways that Parliament could try to gain greater control of Brexit. But they'd still have to decide what they wantby Alice Lilly / January 15, 2019 / Leave a comment
The Government is widely expected to lose today’s vote in
the Commons on its Brexit deal—a vote that has been already delayed since
before Christmas. If the Prime Minister’s plan is voted down, then the
Government is obliged to set out its Plan B to Parliament before Monday.
What is less clear is what that plan will involve—or how MPs
will react to it. It is likely that Parliament will continue to try and take
control of the Brexit process using a range of different parliamentary procedures.
The first question is whether the Government even survives
until Monday. Labour may table a motion of no confidence in the Government
following a Meaningful Vote defeat. Unlike the motion of censure they tabled
before Christmas, time would be found—and quickly—for the Commons to debate a
If the Government were to lose this vote, then a 14-day
clock would start ticking. Within those 14 days, if neither the Government nor
any alternative government could show it command the confidence of the House, by
winning a vote, then an early election would be called. Quite what this could
mean for the future course of Brexit is difficult to say—and it is likely that
Article 50 would have to be extended.
If a no confidence vote doesn’t emerge, MPs might try and
take control themselves. We have seen a lot of talk in recent days about ways
MPs across the parties could take greater control of parliamentary time in
order to pus…