Jacob Rees-Mogg reveals why no deal vote changes NOTHING – ‘Here today, gone tomorrow!‘

MPs voted to rule out a no deal scenario under any circumstance in an amendment to the Prime Minister‘s motion tabled by Tory MP Caroline Spelman. The result forced the Prime Minister to vote against her own then amended motion but she still failed to reach a majority in her favour a second time. Speaking to Sky News, leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg claimed the only way no deal Brexit could be ruled out completely would be for the Government to ask for an extension, for the EU to approve the extension and for the UK to move the final Brexit date with a statutory instrument.

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The Chair of the European Research Group explained: “We live under a system of law and a motion passed in Parliament does not override the law.

“The Withdrawal Act means that we leave on the 29th March under UK law and the Article 50 Act means we leave on the 29th of March under EU law.

“If parliamentary motions concocted the night before changed our law we would live under a totally arbitrary system of government and fortunately we don’t.

“We have a constitutional system of laws so this vote is very interesting and the Government may or may not pay attention to it, but it’s not binding, it is not law.

Brexit news: Jacob Rees-Mogg claims no deal vote does not change the law (Image: SKY)

The law has not been changed so we are still heading towards no deal Brexit

Jacob Rees-Mogg

“The issue of Parliament’s will is not the right way to look at it.

“Parliament’s will is only expressed through the law, it’s not expressed through a motion here today gone tomorrow.

“And the law has not been changed. So we are still heading towards no deal Brexit unless three things happen.

“The Government has to ask for an extension, the EU has to agree an extension and then the Government has to bring forward a statutory instrument changing the day to a new specific date.

“That’s the process.”

The amendment tabled by Tory MP Dame Caroline Spelman to take no deal off the table was passed by 312 votes to 308.

The amendment, which is not legally binding, was added to a Government motion put forward by the Prime Minister which would have rejected no deal on March 29 but left it on the table for other times. Mrs May initially gave her party a free vote on the Government motion.

But after the Spelman amendment won by a wafer thin majority, Tories were ordered to oppose it.

However, the motion was passed by 321 votes to 278.

In a string of Brexit votes tonight, MPs also rejected the Malthouse Compromise amendment by 374 to 164.

This called for an agreement until as late as the end of 2021 during which time the UK would follow EU rules and keep up payments to the bloc while a full trade deal was thrashed out.

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