Commons speaker denies Boris Johnson another attempt to get MPs to support his Brexit deal

Ruling: John Bercow.

Commons Speaker John Bercow has ruled that MPs will not debate a government motion to debate Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal again today (October 21) – because it was discussed only 48 hours previously.

Mr Bercow was referring to the “same question” procedures which hold that discussion of the same question may not occur twice in any Parliamentary session because it is “repetitive and disorderly to do so”.

He said he considered whether the dispatch of Mr Johnson’s letters to the European Council changed matters enough to make another debate allowable – and decided that, since the motion was tabled on Saturday afternoon, before those letters were sent, it did not.

As I write, he is taking points of order.

I’ll post a more detailed article later.

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