Boris Johnson Brexit deal derailed again as Bercow blocks second attempt at ‘meaningful vote’

Andrew Woodcock

Speaker John Bercow has blocked prime minister Boris Johnson’s plan to stage a “meaningful vote” to approve his Brexit deal in the House of Commons today.

Mr Bercow said that there was no justification for the government to ask MPs to back the plan for a second time just two days after they voted on Saturday to withhold their approval.

The decision means Mr Johnson must now press ahead with legislation to ratify the deal without certainty that it has the backing of the Commons.