Isabel Hardman Isabel Hardman

European Arrest Warrant vote could be held next Monday

David Cameron promised that the European Arrest Warrant vote would be held before the Rochester by-election on 20 November, but so far no date has been set. I now hear that the government plans to hold the vote next Monday. Nothing has been confirmed, and won’t be until tomorrow night.

The size of the rebellion seems to have reduced a little since that PMQs announcement, with some troublesome MPs who are not die-hard rebels concluding that since the measure, which will see Britain opting back into the EAW, will pass on the strength of Labour and Lib Dem votes anyway, this would be a wasted rebellion. Others, though, including David Davis, who has a long-held principled opposition to the EAW but also behaves like a moth with light whenever he sees trouble, still think the vote could be one element in the ‘perfect storm’ that could engulf the Tory party at the end of November.

By holding the vote early, though, the Conservatives could try to space out the trouble, recovering from one ‘awkward rebellion’ in time for a ‘humiliating by-election loss’ in Rochester.

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