Drew Hendry suspended from Commons during debate
The Government plans to put Parliament’s return on hold until January 11 after it was recalled for the MP vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal on Wednesday. This means MPs will get almost one extra week off in return for working December 30 with the decision expected to be officially confirmed tomorrow.
The Future Relationship Bill on the Brexit trade deal is expected to be passed by the Commons and Lords and receive Royal Assent in a single day tomorrow.
However, Westminster politicians are being urged by House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle to stay at home rather than travel into London due to COVID-19 social distancing rules.
Consequently, Hundreds of MPs will vote by proxy which meaning they will have to nominate a representative to decide on their behalf.
The majority of Tory MPs have chosen deputy chief whip Stuart Andrew to vote on their behalf in decisions whilst for Labour, 140 MP’s have chosen party whip, Chris Elmore, as her proxy.
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SNP MPs are expected to reject the deal along with the DUP.
More than 20 Labour MPs are also expected to defy Keir Starmer and vote against the deal.
SNP party sources at Westminster told Express.co.uk guidance was issued by the Speaker to MPs to stay away from the Commons just before Christmas.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Parliament will be recalled tomorrow to allow MSPs to consider the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal before the new year.
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It is the fourth time the Holyrood parliament has been recalled since devolution with fiery clashes expected between SNP and Tory politicians.
Express.co.uk understands discussions will be led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Brexit Secretary Michael Russell, leader of the Scottish Tory opposition Ruth Davidson and Constitutional affairs spokesperson Dean Lockhart.
The previous occasions were after the death of Donald Dewar in October 2000, the death of the Queen Mother in 2002 and the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in 2001.
Holyrood is currently in recess and the next business was not due to take place until Tuesday, January 12th.
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Presiding officer Ken Macintosh announced the recall on Sunday with a statement on the parliament’s business bulletin, adding: “The presiding officer wishes to announce that a meeting of the Parliament will be convened on Wednesday, December 30 2020 at 2pm to consider a trade and co-operation agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union.”
The Stormont Assembly is also set to be recalled to discuss the Brexit trade deal.
First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill will write to Assembly Speaker Alex Maskey later to the request the move.
It was agreed during a meeting of the Executive on Monday afternoon and the session is expected to take place on Wednesday.
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