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I know we're talking about the UK with its magical unwritten and/or invisible ink constitution, but if the Speaker says no more votes on the same deal, the EU says HoC must approve the deal before it will issue an extension, and May asks for an extension until late June, and the EU has previously said Britain can't an extension past May 22, really wtf?
by Andhakari on Thu Mar 21st, 2019 at 06:35:02 PM EST
Apparently, the UK parliament can send the MPs riding home to their burroughs, and then take up the issue again when they return to London. Of course, the break can be as short as needed, in effect meaning that they can restart just after closing the first session. However, the Queen must still perform the rituals of re-opening. Or at least that's how I understand the invisible constitution.

And I think the takeaway from the date discussion is that both sides agree that the UK will leave before the next parliament. The disagreement is whether this is the election or the seating of the next parliament. I don't think it really matters, because May doesn't have a time table to pass and implement the Withdrawal Agreement, she just wants as much time as possible to browbeat parliament.

by fjallstrom on Thu Mar 21st, 2019 at 07:40:40 PM EST
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With the EU proposing an extension with a definite date conditional on the Commons passing the Withdrawal Agreement, the "Meaningful Vote 3" becomes a "substantially different" proposition from the previous ones and Bercow's ruling no longer prevents it.

Not that the Commons could not have voted to overrule the speaker if they wanted to vote on the deal for a third time.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 21st, 2019 at 11:42:04 PM EST
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Still supposing, though, that there is a majority to be found to support the WA.
by asdf on Fri Mar 22nd, 2019 at 03:11:24 AM EST
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