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. https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/02/defeat-looms-for-government-as-brexiteers-decide-to-abstain-in-key-vote/
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DEFEAT LOOMS FOR GOVERNMENT AS BREXITEERS DECIDE TO ABSTAIN IN KEY VOTE
The European Research Group has decided it will abstain on the government’s Brexit motion, which MPs will be voting on in the next hour. An ERG source said that there was a ‘collective decision’ at a meeting this afternoon to abstain on the motion if no other amendments to it were passed. Voting has begun, but Anna Soubry has suggested that she won’t be pushing her motion calling for the government’s no-deal assessments to be published, after ministers said they would do so. This means that there will definitely be a vote on the main motion, and with the ERG abstaining, the government looks as though it is heading for a defeat. ISABEL HARDMAN READ MORE