Brexit LIVE: John Bercow hints he will BLOCK third vote on deal – May facing MORE chaos

Mrs May’s plan was voted down for the second time in two months on Tuesday by 149 votes, after a record 230-vote defeat in January. And after Parliament voted to block a no deal Brexit last night, Mrs May agreed to go to Brussels to ask for a short extension to Article 50 – provided the Commons approves her deal next week. However, speaking in the Commons, Mr Bercow appeared to signal his readiness to throw a spanner in the works after Labour backbencher Angela Eagle pressed him about whether it is in order with Parliamentary rules for a motion to be brought back repeatedly even when it has been rejected.

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John Bercow has hinted he could rule out a third vote on Theresa May‘s plan (Image: GETTY)

He said: “No answer is required now but a ruling will be made about that matter at the appropriate time.

“I‘m grateful to the right honourable lady for reminding me a ruling might be required.”

Mr Bercow may have been referring to an obscure rule on page 397 of “Erskine May”, the Commons‘ rule book.

This states: “A motion or an amendment which is the same, in substance, as a question which has been decided during a session may not be brought forward again during that same session.”

It continues: “Whether the second motion is substantively the same as the first is a matter for the chair.”

Chancellor Philip Hammond said he was “confident” a deal would be struck (Image: Sky News)

8.28am update: ERG ‘could be persuaded to vote for May‘s deal next week‘

The European Research Group is in talks with Theresa May, as well as Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Geoffrey Cox, over changes to the Attorney General‘s legal advice which could persuade them to vote for the Prime Minister‘s Brexit deal next week.

A senior Tory Brexiteer told The Times: “I think what is being discussed could be enough to reassure the Democratic Unionist Party that there is a unilateral way out of the backstop.

“If the DUP were content with the deal then significant numbers of the ERG will go where the DUP go.

A Government source confirmed “channels of communication were open”.

8.17am update: Goldmach Sachs rates May‘s chances of getting deal agreed at 60 percent

Goldman Sachs rates the chances of Theresa May getting her deal to exit the European Union ratified at 60 percent in the wake of Parliament‘s rejection of the no deal option.

The new estimate is an increase from 55 percent, which was set on Wednesday.

The bank said it still sees a “considerable” chance that Brexit will be reversed through a second referendum. Its subjective odds are at 35 percent.

The bank reduced the probability of a no-deal  further to five percent from 10 percent.

8.14am update: Hammond “confident” deal will be reached despite Parliament‘s “foot-stamping”

Chancellor Philip Hammond has predicted MPs will eventually get behind Theresa May‘s deal despite yesterday‘s vote ruling out a no deal Brexit.

Mr Hammond told Sky News: “I am confident, despite the process that is going on at the moment, that we will get to a deal which allows us to leave the European Union in an orderly fashion and to have a future close trading partnership with the European Union.

“The process of getting there may not be entirely smooth but I am confident that that will be the outcome.

“No deal on March 29 is off the table – the problem with Yvette Cooper’s amendment is that the H of C collectively stamping its foot and saying no deal does not actually deliver this outcome because the default in our legislation is no deal and the PM has always been abundantly clear about this: no deal, no Brexit, or with a deal.”

8am update: No deal IS still an option, insists Leave Means Leave

PRO-Brexit campaign group Leave Means Leave has insisted no deal remains an option, despite last night’s Commons vote.

Chairman Longworth says: “To remove no deal would completely undermine the UK‘s negotiating position and it‘s clear the narrow loss of this vote reflects the importance of having a no deal option in place.

“As any business person knows, unless you are prepared to walk away from the table the negotiation is lost before it is started.

In any event no deal is now the best deal available and would see the referendum result delivered, Liberty for our country and a boost for the economy and living standards. Fortunately Parliament cannot vote away no deal without a change in the law, so no deal remains on the table.”

John Bercow speaks in the Commons yesterday (Image: GETTY)

7.51pm update: Speaker Bercow plots to block third vote

House of Commons speaker John Bercow could block a third vote on Theresa May‘s Brexit deal.

An obscure rule on page 397 of “Erskine May”, the Commons‘ rule book states: “A motion or an amendment which is the same, in substance, as a question which has been decided during a session may not be brought forward again during that same session.”

It continues: “Whether the second motion is substantively the same as the first is a matter for the chair.”

Asked in the Commons by Labour MP Angela Eagle whether he would consider ruling out another vote next week, Mr Bercow said: “No answer is required now but a ruling will be made about that matter at the appropriate time. “I‘m grateful to the right honourable lady for reminding me a ruling might be required.”

7.40am update: May holds secret talks with DUP

Prime Minister Theresa May has held secret talks with the Democractic Unionist Party in a desperate attempt to get her Brexit deal over the line.

Mrs May needs the support of the DUP – which has 10 MPs, but which could tip the balance in her favour.

The PM is seeking to offer the party reassurances over the backstop plan for the Irish border, which they claim would result in Northern Ireland being treated differently to the rest of the UK if implemented.

The DUP‘s Parliamentary leader Nigel Dodds is also reluctant to see no deal taken off the table.

NFU President Minette Batters has voiced concern about the impact of EU tariffs (Image: NFU)

7.30am update: Farming sectors could be clobbered by EU tariffs, warns NFU chief

Agricultural sectors including those producing eggs, cereal, fruit and vegetables stand to lose out as a result of tariffs which are likely to be imposed by the EU in the event of a no deal Brexit, the President of the National Farmers Union has warned.

Minute Batters was talking after the Government unveiled plans to waive tariffs on a wide range of goods, saying: “Although we are pleased to see that the government has listened to our concerns and elected to treat many agricultural sectors sensitively, which may support farmers who are already facing disastrous disruption from no-deal, it is enormously worrying that some sectors will not have this protection – noticeably eggs, cereals, fruit and vegetables.

“Even those sectors that are treated sensitively will, in most instances, see worrying and large reductions in the tariff rates currently charged on non-EU imports.

“Furthermore, the approach taken by the government to lump products under the same high-level tariff code, for example whole carcasses and high value cuts of fresh beef, means there is a high chance of market distortion for many sectors who are deemed to have been treated sensitively.”

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