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Sat Oct 19, 2019, 08:01 AM

1. Among all the hullabaloo,

two amendments to the bill have been accepted for debate: the Kyle amendment, which calls for a confirmatory referendum, and the Letwin amendment, which stipulates that the House withholds its approval until implementing legislation has been passed, meaning Johnson must send the Article 50 extension request letter to the EU tonight, giving more time for parliament to scrutinize the legislation and deal. (There's also an SNP amendment that basically calls for the whole thing to be abandoned, but it's got no chance of passing.)

There's a good chance the Letwin amendment will pass.

Meanwhile, MPs are currently expected to debate the bill without the government releasing an economic impact analysis (if it was good news, I'm sure they'd be only too happy to share it) or even the draft of the bill being debated today. That's sure to end well.

Cummings has been blustering again, duly reported unquestioningly by the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg:

This is illiterate on a number of grounds, not least that once a motion is put to the House, it's not up to the government how it proceeds through the House. The evident frustration is because after a lot of behind-the-scenes horse trading and whipping, the government thinks it may have the votes to pass the bill (other analyses disagree).

This means that we may be facing the reappearance of the government's bill early next week, which is already cluttered with the final debate on the Queen's Speech.

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