I'll be attempting to cover the events that are happening both in the Commons and in the Lords today so this is going to be a long one
In the Lords the Opposition and Crossbench peers have laid a motion that will allow them the time to scrutinise the Bill that's about to be debated in the Commons. They want to debate this Bill on Friday at the latest. More on that later
First is Prime Minister's Questions, which after last night's defeat for Johnson and him kicking 21 MPs out of the Tory parliamentary party will be very lively
So that's some of the Business of both Houses today
Passing a Bill in the House requires it going through several stages (1st reading, 2nd reading, Committee, Report, and Third Reading)
If it is amended then it goes back the Commons who then vote whether to accept the amendments or not
If they do not then the Commons amendments to the Lords' amendments to the Bill go back to the Lords who then consider whether to accept the Commons amendments to their amendments
However, once both Houses accept the Bill with no further amendments the Bill goes off for Royal Assent
Now onto the voting bits
In the Commons, when it comes time for the vote you'll hear the Speaker ask "The Question is [. . .] as [on the Order Paper]. All those of that opinion, say Aye" and all those who support whatever is being put to a vote say Aye, and then...
If no voice is raised on one of those no further vote is needed and the next bit of business of the House will carry on. That won't happen today.
Division means that the House is divided on the issue, and so a formal counted vote has to take place. MPs go to one of two lobbies, depending on whether they're voting in favour or against the Question...
The tellers are just MPs selected to count the MPs, and two against and two for the question as put are selected. Taking two from each side balances out the loss of those votes from the process and doesn't effect the result
A similar process takes place in the Lords, except the peers will vote Content or Not Content...
The Order Paper ("The Question is [...] as [on the Order Paper]")
The Order paper lists the Business of the House of Commons for that day, which today will include the Bill being brought forward
Orders are how the business of the House...
Yesterday's motion by Oliver #Letwin was a motion filed under Standing Order 24 that allows the House to consider emergency motions as long as the Speaker...
Yesterday's successful motion has amended Standing Order 14 for today
In a nutshell Standing Order 14 would normally give the Government's business precedence over other business of the House. Today that's been changed so that the backbench...
This was necessary as the Government could have flooded today's Order Paper with so much government business that the Bill couldn't have gone through its stages. Now they can't
In the Commons, amendments to motions and Bills are filed with the Tabling Office. The Speaker will choose amendments that, in the Speaker's eyes, are of merit, are of reference to the motion or Bill, has broad support, isn't a copy or...
A time limit is also placed on how long any particular debate on a motion or Bill stage can go on for. Once that time limit is reached and the motion, etc hasn't been withdrawn...
In the Lords things are different. Amendments aren't selected and winnowed out. Peers may table as many amendments as they want, and there's no process that weeds out amendments that are essentially the same as each other
But they don't have to
As of last night I believe there were 56 amendments laid to today's motion to change the standing order of the Lords so that government business won't take precedence on Friday
If all amendments were to be...
However, two things can happen that would stop these filibustering amendments
Last nights vote was passed with a good majority, and today's Bill will likely pass the Commons with the same number
Therefore a huge amount of pressure will be placed on many peers to withdraw...
Two - there is a procedure in the Lords that can force debate on an amendment to end early. That requires a vote to take place which takes about 15 minutes, and that takes place after the mover of the...
It puts Johnson in an awkward position. It gives him the chance to go to the polls, but at the cost of not leaving the EU on 31 October, in effect going into a GE looking extremely weak and unable to keep his word
Even with a pact the numbers still aren't there for a Conservative majority to be returned and that means Parliament would still be able to block a No Deal Brexit, so there's no...
Today's Order Paper for the Commons
And Johnson already not looking good in his replies
This is a government that's already looking shaky the second day in the House after the recess. Certainly it looks powerless
Corbyn also leading on pointing...
Notable that the cameras on BBC Parliament are catching Johnson's reaction and intimidatory gesturing whilst Corbyn's on his feet. Compare that to how May approached this...
Right now Johnson's coming across as incredibly reactionary, snapping at bait, not composed, basically everything you'd expect from somebody whose relied too long on an illusion of bumbling...
Everything has a sense of things that were never under Johnson's control spiralling even further away
Pre-canned responses from Johnson. Obviously the PM isn't that interested in the Scottish vote and has abandoned the country as a consideration. Johnson really showing he doesn't care about the Unionist part of the Conservative...
That is a very sharp reminder of just how much of a minority government Johnson's in charge of. At this point it's unlikely he can get anything to pass in his name
Statement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer
Which sums up this shambolic, school-boy bullying government really
Apparently Javid doesn't understand what giving a statement as a Minister actually entails
General sense of incompetence being repeatedly displayed at the Despatch box on the Government's side
Every sense that even the Tory MPs that didn't rebel last night are deeply unhappy with...
If Labour can stick to this position they'll be able to metaphorically eviscerate the Tory party at a GE
It would make Johnson's promise to take the UK out the EU on 31 Oct impossible to achieve, and is one hell...
And with Johnson showing he can't command even the support of his own party I can't see the Brexit Party now being willing to get into bed with him. Better for them to field candidates in Tory seats to force the Tories to...
Dear Goddess this is an embarrassing shambles by Javid
Second Reading vote expected at 5pm
But mostly the usual whinging from William Cash about how unfair it is that Parliament's doing its job, along with the usual canard about a money resolution
However, numbers have now significantly changed in the House, as has the mood and that's all down to how badly Johnson/Cummings have handled things over the summer and yesterday
This all gets overridden if Johnson ratifies a deal with the EU before that point, or before the point of any further extension
Oral Question Number 4 has ended and the Business of the House section has started
Last night over 90 amendments to today's motion, but today a significantly fewer of any significance
The atmosphere in the Lords is starting to get bad
Debate to be curtailed on the question on the amendment to the motion subject to a confirmatory vote
Contents have it, but being pushed to a full vote. Result in 15 minutes
It's also a measure that seriously p*sses off members of the Lords and produces a lot of ill will
But that was under May, I can't see it happening under Johnson and I think he'll happily see his own grouping...
I'm currently covering the activity around the #BrexitVote in both the Commons and the Lords
The text of the Bill being debated in the Commons
About 15 minutes to the result
Interesting Edward Leigh talking about the purges that just took place in the Tory Parliamentary Party. Is pointing out the hypocrisy of this being done...
Yeah, I might be stretching my concentration a little with three different conversations going on
Division, Clear the Lobby
Result in 15 minutes
Which now makes this
P.S. There's commentators back on BBC Parliament on the vote in the Commons. Once again you know that this is officially Very Seriousness Business