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The Brexit crunch: everything you wanted to know about the “meaningful vote” but never dared to ask

What exactly will MPs vote on? What changes if the government loses? And is there any guarantee that the vote will be “meaningful” at all? Your ultimate guide to a Very Important Moment in parliament, in 12 steps

By Tom Clark  

Photo: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/PA Images

For months on end, the whole of British politics has been gearing up for one almighty crunch: the moment when parliament gives a thumbs up—or a thumbs down—to the Brexit deal.

Every politician and journalist knows that this will be a Very Important Moment, which could seal the fate of the prime minister, her government and perhaps the country too. Almost nobody, however, seems to know what is really involved in the so-called “meaningful vote”—what, exactly, will MPs vote on? Who, if anyone, will…

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