Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the latest Commons debate and votes on what should happen next with Brexit
This is what Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, posted on Twitter last night.
With another big Brexit debate coming today, you could be forgiven for getting confused about what all these debates and votes are about. So, as a public service, here is quick recap.
There are two sorts of Brexit debate on the schedule at the moment: a so-called “meaningful vote” (MV), a vote intended to approve a deal with the EU; and what some are calling a “next steps” (NS) debate, a debate scheduled because the MV was not passed, allowing MPs to vote on amendments about what should happen next, or “plan B”.
What we say is looked at and listened to by those that we are negotiating with. They will be looking to see whether parliament is showing consistency because in the debates and the votes we had recently there were two things: one was that parliament said we don’t want there to be no deal, and that we will sign up to the prime minister’s deal if we are able to get changes to the Irish backstop.
Our European partners will be watching our debate and listening today to see if they get the impression that if they were to make those concessions, parliament would definitely deliver on that …