The scale of the Prime Minister’s defeat means she has been forced to look beyond tweaking the backstop to build support for a deal with the EU. But there is no easy consensus there for the taking, argues Jill Rutter.
With Parliament expected to reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal, Jill Rutter explores what the Prime Minister and the various players who are trying to wrest control of the process from her could decide to do next.
In the US, the lengthy standoff between Congress and the President is taking place within its constitution. Bronwen Maddox says that in the UK, the clash between new and old conventions is changing the rules of government.
When MPs come to vote on the Brexit deal, the Speaker decides which amendments get debated and voted on. This process takes place behind closed doors, yet it will be crucial to the outcome, argues Raphael Hogarth.
The Government has published proposals on how it will ensure Northern Ireland can influence decisions around the backstop during Brexit. But the new proposal doesn’t provide a way out of the backstop and won’t swing any votes, says Tim Durrant.
Parliament is putting its energy into trying to prevent a no deal Brexit. But Dr Catherine Haddon says it is still avoiding doing the only thing that will stop no deal – coming up with an alternative plan.