Prime minister will have to decide whether to carry through with call for election if EU offers lengthy extension

This is from ITV’s political correspondent –

NEW: Ken Clarke says if the PM presents a one line bill calling for an election (remember he needs a way round that Fixed Term Parliaments Act), then MPs will amend it. For example, to reduce the age of voting to 16. Snap election might not be so easy for PM after all.

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve has been speaking on Sky news.

Dominic Grieve tells @KayBurley the “sensible thing” for the PM to do would be a longer timetable for the bill as he has a majority in principle.

But he suspects the PM is trying to ”bulldoze” it through because he doesn’t want MPs to scrutinise the detail

Grieve baits the Brexiteers saying extending the transition period from – “in which we are entirely subservient” from end of 2020 to 2022 would be worse than remaining, and that they have a point


p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Grieve – who wants a second referendum says – “there is still opportunity there” but he doesn’t want to exaggerate the chances

I think Boris has pulled off an extraordinary achievement. Not only did he manage to get the EU to reopen the deal and make the changes necessary for people like me to support it, he then managed to get it through the House of Commons.

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