COMMONS Speaker John Bercow rejected a Government bid to hold a meaningful vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, saying it would be “repetitive and disorderly” to do so.

The Prime Minister had hoped to get the approval of MPs for his plans yesterday afternoon after he abandoned the vote on Saturday when the Commons backed a move forcing him to ask Brussels for a further Brexit delay.

But Mr Bercow said that the circumstances and the substance of the motion were the same as Saturday’s and that it should not be debated on Monday because of the so-called “same question convention” preventing the same matter being discussed twice.

The Government published the Withdrawal Agreement Bill later on Monday, with the second reading debate due to take place on today.

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill is the legally-binding treaty that must be passed for the UK to leave the EU, while the Government must also win a meaningful vote.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay called on MPs to “respect the referendum” by backing the Bill, warning them: “This is the chance to leave the EU with a deal on October 31.”

Ministers insist they could have sufficient support among MPs to get it passed so the UK can depart by the current October 31 deadline.

But, with no Commons majority, Mr Johnson faces a major battle to achieve his pledge to lead the country out of the bloc on that date.

Speaking immediately after the decision, John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle, said: “I am utterly disappointed we did not get a decision on Saturday. People in Carlisle and the county are getting frustrated. But the vote today is of little consequence because of the debate tomorrow.”

Trudy Harrison, Copeland MP, said “It wasn’t a surprise that the Speaker decided to take this approach, especially as it has become fairly well-known that the numbers had increased sufficiently to get the deal passed. But we live to fight another day and tomorrow I shall be voting for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill unless of course it is successfully amended to include for example a Customs Union inclusion or be dependent on a confirmatory vote.

“Staying in the Customs Union isn’t Brexit and the confirmatory vote is a con, simply an opportunity to campaign for remain because some people didn’t like the result of the first referendum.

"I have been consistent, voting at every opportunity to leave the EU and I'm going to continue to do so, in-line with the majority of Copeland, Cumbria and the country and in support of our Prime Minister and Government."

Rory Stewart, Independent MP for Penrith and the Border, said: "My position is quite simple. People voted to leave and we should respect that. Cumbria needs a sensible, thoughtful deal. Not a no-deal Brexit. I will keep voting to get a safe and sensible deal done."

The News & Star contact Labour for a comment.