Amendments tabled for today

A. Official Labour amendment

Tabled by Jeremy Corbyn and backed by a series of frontbenchers, this pushes the party policy of avoiding no deal and instead seeking a form of customs union.

Amendments to the Labour amendment, and amendment C

These all call, in their various ways, for a second EU referendum. Three amendments-to-the-amendment are tabled by Labour backbenchers, and two by the Liberal Democrats. The Lib Dems have also tabled a separate amendment on the subject.

B. The Yvette Cooper/extend article 50 amendment

One of the most closely scrutinised amendments, and backed by more than 70 MPs, this would guarantee parliamentary time for a private members’ billdrafted by Cooper that would extend article 50 to the end of 2019 if Theresa May failed to secure a deal by late February. While it seems likely to win official Labour backing, and from some Tories, it could be scuppered by doubts among Labour MPs in leave-voting areas. The government will whip MPs against backing it.

D. Main Lib Dem amendment

This would create a committee of no more than 17 MPs based on representation in the Commons to lead on all Brexit matters in parliament.

F. Indicative votes amendment

This would call for a series of non-binding indicative votes in parliament to determine the way forward. It is tabled by Hilary Benn, the Labour MP who chairs the Brexit select committee.

G. Dominic Grieve amendment

This idea by the former attorney general would allow parliament to take control in creating a series of indicative votes by decreeing that a motion put forward by a minority of 300 MPs from at least five parties – including 10 Tory MPs – would be debated as the first item for MPs in the Commons the next day.

H. Citizens’ assembly amendment

Backed by a cross-party group of opposition MPs this would create a 250-strong “citizens’ assembly”, a representative but randomly selected group, to devise possible ways to move forward on Brexit.

I. Spelman no-deal amendment

Tabled by the longstanding Tory MP and former environment minister Caroline Spelman, with the backing of more than 115 MPs from various parties, this states that the UK will not leave the EU without a deal. It is only advisory and has no legislative force.

J. Extending article 50

Signed by a cross-party group of remain-minded MPs, led by Labour’s Rachel Reeves, this would seek a two-year extension of article 50 if there is not a deal in place by 26 February.

L, M. John Baron backstop amendments

These call for a backstop to only be permitted if it expires after six months (L) or contains a right of unilateral UK withdrawal (M).

N. The Brady amendment

Its figurehead is Graham Brady, who as chair of the 1922 Committee is the voice of Tory backbenchers. Yet another attempt at making the backstop more palatable to Tory MPs, this says it should be “replaced with alternative arrangements to avoid a hard border”. Once again, this is something the EU has ruled out. The government has indicated that it will whip MPs to back the amendment, which if passed would allow May to go to Brussels with a clear sign from MPs of what they want, to get a deal through parliament.

O. SNP/Plaid Cymru amendment

This notes that the Scottish and Welsh assemblies also “voted overwhelmingly to reject the prime minister’s deal”, calling for an extension of article 50 and no deal being removed as an option.

P. Indicative votes

Tabled by the Brexit-backing former Labour MP Frank Field but supported by remainers including Ken Clarke, this calls for non-binding MPs’ votes on areas including the backstop, various trade deals, and another referendum.

Q. Stop Brexit

Put forward by two SNP MPs, Angus Brendan MacNeil and Pete Wishart, this calls for article 50 to be revoked.

Theresa May.
 Theresa May. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Withdrawn amendments:

E. Murrison backstop amendment

Tabled again by the Conservative backbencher Andrew Murrison, and backed by more than 30 other Tories, this would have decreed that the Irish backstop, if it came into force, would expire at the end of 2021 – something the EU has said it will not agree to. Withdrawn to improve the chances of support for Brady’s amendment.

K. First John Baron backstop amendment

This said that MPs would not back a withdrawal agreement including a backstop.

Taken from The Guardian website.


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