March 18, 2019 / 8:07 PM / 3 months ago

UK government notes parliament speaker's statement on Brexit vote - May's office

FILE PHOTO: Speaker of the House John Bercow speaks in Parliament following the vote on extending Brexit negotiating period in London, Britain, March 14, 2019. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government is considering a statement by parliament’s speaker on Monday that Prime Minister Theresa May could not put her Brexit deal to a new vote unless it was fundamentally changed, May’s office said on Monday.

In comments that blindsided May’s office, speaker John Bercow said the government could not bring forward proposals for a vote in parliament that were substantially the same as ones that had been defeated twice before.

“We note the speaker’s statement. This is something that requires proper consideration,” a spokesman for May’s office said.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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