Theresa May's government have suffered yet another humiliating defeat in the House of Commons - this time on an amendment which forces her to return to the House with a Plan B for Brexit within just 3 days, should her deal get voted down, as expected, next week.
MPs are now taking part in a week of debate ahead of a vote on the Prime Minister's Brexit deal next week.
There was little sign that opposition to Mrs May's deal among Tory Brexiteers had softened over the Christmas break, with several who attended a drinks reception at Number 10 on Monday evening saying they would vote against the plan.
An analysis by the BBC on Thursday suggested May's deal is on course to suffer the biggest government defeat in the history of the Commons in the vote on January 15. MPs would have the power to amend that plan.
Pro-EU Conservative lawmaker Dominic Grieve, who proposed the measure, said it was meant to speed up decisions, to help avoid a no-deal Brexit and "the calamitous consequences that would follow on from it".
Over the past 24 hours the government has lost two key votes on legislation pertaining to Brexit, something that commentators say points to the strength of the faction in parliament that seeks to avoid a "no deal" outcome.
He defended those rights again on Tuesday when he ruled that parliament should vote on an amendment, tabled by Dominic Grieve, to a government business motion. Others say it could come as late as the European Union summit scheduled for March 21-22, as the prospect of a disorderly Brexit without a deal looms within days.
In the aftermath of Wednesday's defeat, May's office publicly discussed for the first time what she would do if she loses that critically important vote next Tuesday.
The package, tabled by former minister Sir Hugo Swire, also places a legally-binding commitment on the Government to end the backstop arrangement within 12 months, and to seek assurances from the European Union that it will seek to do the same.
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"Almost nothing of what was promised during the referendum campaign has been delivered and as such I will be voting against the Prime Minister's Deal next week".
"These discussions have shown that further clarification over the backstop is possible and those talks will continue over the next few days".
"If a general election can not be secured, then we will keep all options on the table, including the option of campaigning for a public vote", Mr Corbyn said in a speech in northern England.
A no-deal Brexit would see the United Kingdom leave without a withdrawal agreement and start trading with the European Union on the basis of World Trade Organization rules, an outcome favoured by some Brexiteers.
Some of Japan's leading companies in Britain have warned that a no-deal Brexit could be a disaster.
He added that MPs have a responsibility to "current and future generations" to avoid leaving without a deal, something which "we would regret forever".
He claimed that Labour's alternative Brexit deal was "practical and achievable, and clearly has the potential to command majority support in Parliament".
A vote, initially slated for December, is scheduled for January 15.
But Bercow, who won equally noisy support from Labour MPs and some remain-minded Conservatives, insisted that he could make the decision and that he would side with the interests of parliament over the executive.