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Labour amendment defeat paves way for party supporting second referendum

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Benjamin Kentish
Political Correspondent
,Ashley Cowburn,Lizzy Buchan
Wednesday 27 February 2019 20:42
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Results of vote on Brexit Labour amendment

MPs have emphatically rejected Jeremy Corbyn's Brexit vision, placing huge pressure on the Labour leader to row in behind a second referendum.

Mr Corbyn told Labour MPs earlier this week that he was ready to back a Final Say vote "to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country" if his plan was defeated.

The move came during a series of Commons votes, which saw a surprise Brexiteer rebellion on a bid by Labour's Yvette Cooper to cement the prime minister's promise to allow MPs to rule out a no-deal exit.

Ms May tried to take the heat out of the clash by allowing MPs to vote on delaying the UK's EU withdrawal beyond March 29 amid threats of a ministerial resignations.

Meanwhile, Labour was embroiled in fresh controversy after Derby North MP Chris Williamson was suspended for saying the party had been "too apologetic" over antisemitism.

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MPs from the newly-formed Independent Group has tabled an amendment seeking to pave the way for a second Brexit referendum.

The move comes after Labour's announcement the party would back attempts in the Commons for a fresh public vote, if it fails to force MPs to adopt its own Brexit plans in a series of votes on Wednesday evening in the chamber. 

The fresh bid has the support of MPs in the Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats, and Plaid Cymru - increasing the chances of it being selected by the Commons Speaker on Wednesday morning. 

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MPs will this evening given another chance to vote on Theresa May's negotiating strategy for Brexit on Wednesday night.

The Commons will vote on a series of amendments to the government motion ahead of another "meaningful vote" on the withdrawal agreement next month.

It will be down to Speaker John Bercow which proposals are selected for a vote. Any successful amendments will not have the force of law but will carry heavy political weight.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg - the chair of the hardline group of Conservative Brexiteers in the European Research Group - told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that people who want an extension to Article 50, are "using it by and large to try and stop Brexit".

He added: "Because, otherwise you just have this repeat at the end of June.

"Because, if there is still no majority in Parliament for the Prime Minister's deal, or any tweaks that can be got to it by the end of June, we are still faced with the same situation."

Asked if there were any circumstances in which he could vote for Mrs May's withdrawal deal, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "I can live with the de facto removal of the backstop, even if it isn't de jure.

"What do I mean by that?

"I mean that if there is a clear date that says the backstop ends, and that that is in the text of the treaty, or equivalent to the text of the treaty.

"If it were to be an appendix to the treaty - bear in mind the Irish backstop is in itself an appendix to the treaty - so, if you had a further appendix that said this will not go beyond a particular date - and a short date, not a long date - then that would remove the backstop in the lifetime of parliament.

"And that would have a reasonable effect, from my point of view."

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The Electoral Commission - responsible for overseeing donations to political parties - has released figures from each party from the final quarter of 2018. 

They show the Conservative Party received significantly more money than the other parties in terms of private donations - totalling £7,396,361. 

This compares with just over £1.6m for the Labour Party, and £950,000 for Vince Cable's Liberal Democrats. 

But these figures don't include membership fees for party members - and considering Labour has over half a million members - Jeremy Corbyn's party will be far ahead on this measure.

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