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Brexit Brief: Commons Speaker drops ‘hand grenade’ on May’s third Brexit vote

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to save her twice-torpedoed Brexit deal has been dealt a major blow by the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Speaking on Monday, John Bercow told U.K. lawmakers that May wouldn’t be able to hold a third meaningful vote on her preferred form of Brexit without making substantial changes to it.

Bercow, who voted to remain in the EU, cited a parliamentary procedure dating back to 1604 when addressing the House.

His comments followed reports that May had been fighting to win last-minute backing from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party — support that she hoped would tempt skeptics in both her own Conservative Party and opposition Labour Party to vote through her deal at the third time of asking.

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