Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

Brexit timeline for TODAY: Key moments to expect in Commons as MPs wage war against PM | Politics | News

Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a humiliating defeat in his first vote in the House of Commons since he took over from Theresa May. MPs across the House, including 21 rebel Tories, voted to take control of the agenda on Wednesday, allowing them to bring a bill requesting a Brexit delay. MPs must now vote on the bill, and the outcome will decide whether the Government calls a general election.


All timing are BST, approximate and subject to change as the day’s events unfold.

> 12pm: Boris Johnson faces his first Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs).

>> What to watch our for:

Most interesting will be seeing which Tory MPs (or former now the rebels have been deselected) will be called to speak.

Also expect fireworks over growing concerns of Tory purging of moderate MPs.

And keep an eye on Jacob Rees-Mogg – will he be sitting upright after his casual posture on Tuesday prompted a flurry of ridicule?

> 1pm: Chancellor Sajid Javid to make Spending Round statement, outlining the Government’s spending plans. Health services, education and the police expected to be top of the agenda.

> 3pm: The rebels take control and a debate (expected to be heated) on the Brexit delay bill begins.

>> What does this bill say?

The legislation seeks to delay Brexit until January 31 if a deal is not signed by October 19.

Added is the caveat that, if the EU agrees to extend Brexit to a date other than January 31, the PM must notify the EU within two days “that the UK agrees to the proposed extension”.

> 5pm: First vote on bill – rebels majority of 27 expected to hold strong.

> 7pm: Second round of votes, including any amendments accepted.

>> What if it passes?

If the bill passes, it will go to the House of Lords for the next stage in the passage of a bill.

Those leading the bill want it passed on Thursday and Friday, ahead of the possible prorogation of Parliament on Monday.

If it passes, the next phase of the day is likely:

> 8.30pm: Government motion on holding a general election, followed by a vote around 10pm.

>> What does this mean?

Boris Johnson is likely to call a general election to try to get around the bill and prevent Parliament from tying his hands.

Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, a snap general election can only be called if two-thirds of MPs vote to approve it.

As the next election isn’t due until 2022, Mr Johnson needs the backing of the House – the equivalent of at least 424 MPs voting for a snap election.

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