Last night’s Brexit debate focused on two key issues: 1) if, how and when MPs could hold indicative votes on a range of different Brexit options; and 2) the likely period of any extension of Article 50 in the event that the Prime Minister’s deal is rejected yet again.
A number of amendments were tabled, including one by Tory MP Sir Oliver Letwin, which sought to take control of the order paper for Wednesday (27th March) to allow for indicative votes. The Labour frontbench had tabled a similar amendment, but decided it to withdraw it in favour of supporting Sir Oliver’s amendment.
The amendment was passed by 329 votes to 302, showing that a majority of MPs are keen to take control of the process away from the Prime Minister. We later passed a motion to confirm it as parliamentary business.
So what happens next?
On Wednesday afternoon we will consider a backbench motion setting out the future Commons business, including the arrangements for indicative votes on the various options for a way forward. If more than one business motion is tabled, the Speaker will decide which one is selected and then, after an hour of debate, we will start to consider the various propositions put forward by MPs.