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Old 20th Mar 2019, 13:16
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Originally Posted by pax britanica View Post
I wonder if the speaker would vote remain if there was a tie, the rules about the speaker are all tied to partisan ship and party loyalties but as we have all seen brexit is not a party issue , which is why parliament has made a dogs breakfast of it as much as the Government have. Could he vote remain on that basis , it would seem he isnt breaking any constitutional or rather procedural rules because of course we do not have a constitution in the UK
According to a constitutional expert on the box the other night (BBC Parliament) the convention is that in the event of a tie the Speaker case his/her vote such as to maintain the status quo...

..and in complete agreement that those of the opinion that the current Westminster system is no longer fit for purpose.
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