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John Bercow blocks third round of indicative votes after MPs vote ends in a tie

John Bercow has blocked Monday’s proposed indicative votes. (AP)

Speaker of the House John Bercow has used his vote to block a third round of backbench indicative votes after the first House of Commons tie in 26 years.

Mr Bercow cast his vote making the final outcome 311 to 310 to block Hilary Benn’s amendment which called for a fresh round of votes on Brexit options on Monday April 8.

Mr Bercow said: “In accordance with precedent, and on the principle that important decisions should not be taken except by a majority, I cast my vote with the noes.”

The last two round of indicative votes have failed to provide a majority for any Brexit scenario but supporters believe they are the best way to produce a Commons majority for one proposal.

Theresa May is desperately seeking a Brexit deal. REUTERS.

Labour MP Mary Creagh tweeted: “Looks like a tie 310 each on Benn amendment booking Monday for indicative votes. Strap in and adopt brace position…”

This comes as the Cooper Bill requires Theresa May to table her own motion seeking MPs’ approval for an extension to the Article 50 process.

The bill has been tabled by Labour’s Yvette Coopers, but it has cross-party support.

Ms Cooper said: “We are now in a really dangerous situation with a serious and growing risk of no-deal in 10 days’ time.

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“The Prime Minister has a responsibility to prevent that happening. She needs to put forward a proposal, including saying how long an extension she thinks we need to sort things out.

“If the Government won’t act urgently, then Parliament has a responsibility to try to ensure that happens even though we are right up against the deadline.

“For the sake of jobs, public services and our national security we need to avert no deal.”