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    A few of the brighter ones have been defending the backstop. Do they vote for it? Not sure they do.

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      The former Labour MP for Peterborough is off to jail. Wont help knife edge votes.

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        Didn’t take the whip anyway. Don’t think this is the major takeaway from events this lunchtime

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          [URL]https://twitter.com/paulmasonnews/status/1090244410594471939?s=21[/URL]

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            So May's backing a hostile amendment to her own deal?

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              https://twitter.com/StewartWood/status/1090242240935542785

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                This is the most farcical session in Parliament I've ever seen.

                She's just attacked the Grieve-Cooper extension on the basis that we've "only 59 days left".

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                  Kind of rich May attacking an amendment for not offering positive solutions while backing one that just calls for "alternative arrangements".

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                    Originally posted by Ginger Yellow View Post
                    Kind of rich May attacking an amendment for not offering positive solutions while backing one that just calls for "alternative arrangements".
                    Sylvia Hermon just made that point. She voted for May's deal, but I think she's going to vote against this nonsense.

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                      Originally posted by Tubby Isaacs View Post
                      The former Labour MP for Peterborough is off to jail. Wont help knife edge votes.
                      Is there a voting pact policy as there is with maternity leave? If so then I suggest Jacob Rees-Mogg be sent to prison for an equal term to provide balance.

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                        Originally posted by Sean of the Shed View Post

                        Is there a voting pact policy as there is with maternity leave? If so then I suggest Jacob Rees-Mogg be sent to prison for an equal term to provide balance.
                        Ha ha.

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                          Originally posted by Tubby Isaacs View Post
                          A few of the brighter ones have been defending the backstop. Do they vote for it? Not sure they do.
                          TBF, can't see Gyimah, Grieve, Allen etc voting for Brady.

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                            Corbyn finally moving off the fence, announces Labour will back the Grieve amendment:

                            http://twitter.com/Steven_Swinford/status/1090252200230690819

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                              Corbyn is only willing to extend A50 for 3 months. I'm not sure what could be achieved in that time, but it's obviously better than the Tory position of no extension at all.

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                                To be fair, I doubt the EU27 would be willing to extend it longer either.

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                                  The EU elections are due to be held between 23rd-26th May. Extending Article 50 for 2 months or more would, presumably, cause electoral chaos. Would the UK elect MEPs?

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                                    Current legal opinion says not, but that it would have to hold an election if an extension goes past July.

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                                      Originally posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
                                      Corbyn is only willing to extend A50 for 3 months. I'm not sure what could be achieved in that time, but it's obviously better than the Tory position of no extension at all.
                                      I can see his point there, 9 months does look a lot like Cunningly Thwarting Brexit, which he's keen to avoid. I reckon he'd be better embracing a referendum because it's honest and easily understood, but I know not everyone agrees. And if it doesn't succeed, I think it'll be a handy future position when there's a clusterfuck that lots of voters will disown, even if they voted Leave.

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                                        I think this is a No.

                                        https://twitter.com/sarahwollaston/status/1090265198445752321

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                                          So is Heidi Allen.And I presume Clarke and Soubry.

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                                            Wouldn't bet on Soubry, she of the "Labour should call a vote of no confidence I will not support".

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                                              Here's Priti Patel. She's backing the government. Does that mean the ERG are voting for Brady? They got some heat from other Tories. And May getting told to fuck off doesn't harm their hopes for No Deal.

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                                                Yes, the ERG are supporting Brady.

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                                                  Originally posted by Ginger Yellow View Post
                                                  Wouldn't bet on Soubry, she of the "Labour should call a vote of no confidence I will not support".
                                                  Soubry's been the most consistent follower through. Of course she wouldn't vote down a Tory Government.

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                                                    Originally posted by TonTon View Post
                                                    Yes, the ERG are supporting Brady.
                                                    Cheers.

                                                    Ed Vaizey isn't voting for Brady. He really hates the ERG.

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