Updated 28 March: MPs have rejected every option put to them through the indicative votes held last night, votes which were meant to indicate what MPs could support if it came to it. All yesterday has clarified is that they support nothing. The Government is today looking to see if it can find a way of bringing MV3 back to the Commons tomorrow that will comply with the Speaker’s requirement for it to have changed substantially from when it was put to the House as MV2: if they approve it, we have Brexit on 22 May; if they reject it, we are back in chaos with the clock counting down to No Deal at the close of 11 April, a fortnight today.

That at least is something that did become clarified yesterday. The legal procedure required to extend Brexit formally, as Parliament was required to do after agreement between Theresa May and the EU, was known as a Statutory Instrument, and that was passed yesterday … though 30 three-line-whipped Conservative MPs defied the Government and voted against it despite being faced with warnings from the Whips Office that voting it down would plunge the UK not just into further Brexit-related constitutional chaos but into deep and intractable legal problems. It passed, anyway, and so Brexit is now 12 April … without a deal unless MPs approve the Withdrawal Agreement in another Meaningful Vote (MV3) or come up with some solution to resolve the impasse.

They are sitting tomorrow even though they don’t usually sit on Fridays, and indeed have lost the first week of their Easter break … they are there until they resolve this, or until the clock counts down to No Deal on 12 April, whichever is sooner.

Source Janet Anscombe: https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/brexit-negotiations-affecting-british-nationals-in-tenerife.html

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