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If the breaking news is correct,

MPs started voting on Stephen Kinnock’s amendment 6. But then, a few minutes into voting, Lindsay Hoyle, announced that the division had been called off because the amendment had been passed - because MPs opposed to it did not put up tellers. [...]

It is not clear whether this has passed by accident - or as a result of some cunning plot.

BBC's Laura Kuenssbeg commented

It looks like the Kinnock amendment to put Theresa May's deal back to the Commons for another vote just went through by mistake....

Also Alex Sobel MP commented:

The amendment in the name of Stephen Kinnock didn’t have a vote as the Government didn’t provide tellers to count. This meant the amendment went through although the No Lobby was full. This wasn’t an accident you can be assured there’s some skullduggery going on

Has this sort of situation happened ever before? I.e. a law or amendment to pass because there were no tellers?

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    It's very rare, but I do recall it having happened before. It's very rare though. – Joe C Sep 4 at 19:14
  • Why or How is the more important question I think. – Jontia Sep 4 at 20:21
  • Never attribute to malice, etc., but this could be an attempt at getting a poison pill into the NoNoDeal bill. – Rupert Morrish Sep 4 at 20:37
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    As entertaining as the Brexit soap opera has been, I'm beginning to think the writers are running out of ideas. – Kevin Sep 4 at 21:01
  • More explanation: newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2019/09/… – Steve Melnikoff Sep 4 at 21:39

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