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UK parliament speaker to rule on Monday if government can put Brexit deal to vote again

Speaker John Bercow speaks during a debate on Brexit, as parliament sits on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain October 19, 2019. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - The speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said he would rule on Monday if he will allow the government to put forward a vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.

There is a convention in parliament that the same question cannot be put twice during the same session.

The government had tried to get lawmakers to approve the deal on Saturday but lawmakers instead backed a proposal to withhold support for the deal until formal ratification legislation has passed.

House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said the government planned to put the deal to a debate and vote on Monday.

“I will reflect on it and give what I hope is a fully considered ruling on this matter on Monday. I will do so of course having taken advice in appropriate quarters,” Bercow told parliament, when asked by lawmakers whether this was allowed.

“The government is not the arbiter of what is orderly.”

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and William James; editing by Costas Pitas