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What is Yvette Cooper’s amendment to extend Article 50 and prevent a no-deal Brexit?

Analysis: MPs are now seeking to assert control after Theresa May’s historic defeat. Ashley Cowburn looks at one of the amendments tabled by a Labour MP that aims to avoid a disorderly exit from the EU

Monday 21 January 2019 18:15 GMT
Will Yvette Cooper’s amendment take no deal off the table?
Will Yvette Cooper’s amendment take no deal off the table? (PA)

Nothing has changed. Following the greatest defeat in modern parliamentary history over her Brexit deal, Theresa May has used a statement in the Commons to outline her plan B, which appears remarkably similar to plan A.

The prime minister will now seek further assurances from the EU over the highly contentious issue of the Irish backstop – something, of course, she attempted to do after delaying the first “meaningful vote” in December.

But this is where the parliamentary battles begin – as MPs can now attach amendments to the “neutral”, plan B motion, which will be tabled today by the government with a view to being debated and voted on come 29 January.

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