How to watch the Brexit vote like a pro

Anti-Brexit supporters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on January 14, 2019 | Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

How to watch the Brexit vote like a pro

Theresa May is widely expected to lose the vote on the Brexit deal agreed with Brussels.

By and

1/14/19, 6:00 PM CET

Updated 1/15/19, 4:24 AM CET

LONDON — The big Brexit vote is upon us and all bets are on Theresa May’s deal being rejected by MPs. That will trigger days and weeks of Westminster horse-trading over how, when and maybe even whether the U.K. leaves the EU.

Here’s your guide on how to watch the fiendishly complicated political bust-up play out:

When will the vote happen?

The vote, rescheduled from its original date of December 11, will take place on Tuesday, January 15, most likely at around 7 p.m. local time or shortly thereafter. Exact timings will depend on proceedings in the House of Commons. A further postponement of the vote at this stage looks unlikely.

Is it just one vote?

It is very likely there will also be votes, in advance of the main one, on amendments to the government motion. How significant these are depends on which amendments are selected. Some amendments, if passed, could be so-called wrecking amendments, which effectively supersede the vote on the main question. Senior Labour MP Hilary Benn’s amendment, which would reject the deal and rule out no-deal, would probably fall into this category.

Other amendments, such as one put forward by Conservative MP Andrew Murrison proposing that the deal is approved “subject to a legal codicil being added to the Withdrawal Agreement Treaty which specifies that the backstop solution shall expire on 31 December 2022,” could place conditions on the vote.

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