Going through the motions. What’s on the menu tonight in the Commons.

 

  1. The government motion.

“That this House declines to approve leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship on 29 March 2019; and notes that leaving without a deal remains the default in UK and EU law unless this House and the EU ratify an agreement.”

  1. The amendment to the government motion from Jack Dromey and Dame Caroline Spelman which states “this House rejects the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship”.
  2. The ‘Malthouse Compromise’ which sets out the process for a “managed no-deal”. It requests:
  • The government publish tariff schedules
  • An extension of leaving to 22 May 2019
  • ‘Mutual standstill agreements’ between the UK and EU until the end of 2021, including payments to the EU
  • A unilateral guarantee of citizens’ rights

The third and fourth parts of the process look like the withdrawal agreement transition period but lasting another year and with no backstop at the end. Unlikely to be accepted by the EU.

 

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