Source: Labour List UK
The special sitting of the House of Commons today, ‘Super Saturday’, has begun. Speaker Bercow has selected the Letwin amendment, which if passed would require a further Brexit delay to be sought by 11pm tonight, whether MPs approve the deal or not. (He has also selected the Kyle-Wilson amendment to the second motion on no deal.)
If Letwin is passed, according to ‘No10 source’, Boris Johnson will pull the main vote on the deal – because it would no longer be ‘meaningful’. There is some debate over whether this is actually possible. But the plan appears to be that the government would send whips home and boycott the vote on the amendment motion.
The Prime Minister has delivered his statement, which he has said himself was party of an effort not to be “unnecessarily adversarial”. Johnson highlighted concerns over workers’ rights and protections, claiming that nobody wants to lower standards, and said the NHS “will not be on the table” in future trade talks.
Jeremy Corbyn, in response, has claimed: “These benches will not be duped.” He has described the deal as “sell out” and said voting for it today “won’t end Brexit” and “won’t deliver certainty”. He reiterated his support for another referendum and argued that Johnson could not be trusted.
Below is the full text of Jeremy Corbyn’s response to the PM statement on a Brexit deal.