U.K. Parliament Votes To Delay Vote On Johnson's Breakthrough Brexit Plan

Marco Green
October 20, 2019

A Downing Street insider also compared the whipping of Saturday's vote to "snakes and ladders".

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's promise that his country will leave the European Union by October 31 may be in jeopardy - because of a request he made.

The amendment means that parliamentarians will withhold support for a Brexit deal until it has passed into law.

It was unlikely that the EU's 27 remaining member states would refuse Britain's request, given the impact on all parties of a no-deal Brexit.

Reacting to the defeat, the prime minister told parliament the opportunity to have a "meaningful vote" on his deal on Saturday had been "passed up", but vowed to bring the withdrawal agreement back to MPs for consideration next week. However, Johnson's extension letter was unsigned. Prime Minister Johnson is now legally obliged to ask the European Union for an extension to Brexit.

Tusk said he had received the request from Johnson and would start consulting European Union leaders on how to react.

But that letter was reportedly accompanied by a separate, signed letter expressing his disagreement with an extension. They will meet Sunday morning to discuss Saturday's vote in Britain.

Johnson, who has insisted that Britain will leave on October 31 come what may, added another note, however, in which he explained that he personally did not want the "deeply corrosive" postponement.

Rebel Labour MP Caroline Flint blasted Remainers who had underestimated Mr Johnson's odds of getting a Brussels deal, hitting out: 'This was a panic measure to reinsert the three-month delay for one reason only to thwart a deal.' Yesterday's results indicate Mr Johnson may actually have the numbers to pass his Brexit deal in a straight up-and-down vote, with 306 voting with the Government including all 283 now serving Conservative MPs and 11 of the 21 Tories expelled by Mr Johnson last month. "I would have to accept that the court will be able to deal with that one way or another", he said.

British media said Mr Johnson made it clear in the correspondence that he personally opposed an extension, with the Prime Minister previously saying he would rather be "dead in a ditch" before asking for a delay.

His Conservative Party does not have a majority, which required him to reach across the aisle on Saturday to opposition lawmakers in the Independence and Labor parties.

Johnson's plan had the approval of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who called it a "fair and balanced agreement" that avoided the "need for any kind of prolongation", in a joint press conference on Thursday.

There is a chance the deal could pass, and Britain could still leave the European Union on October 31, but there remains strong opposition to the agreement among MPs. "People were afraid that could last forever".

The submission repeatedly added that "the prime minister is subject to the law and, as would be expected of a minister of the crown, there is no question but that he will comply with the requirements of the law".

While MPs voted inside parliament, outside, more than 100,000 people marched to demand a new referendum that could reverse Brexit.

"Frankly, there's Brexit fatigue here".

Maugham said it was up to Carloway and his fellow judges to consider now whether they felt the court had been misled about Johnson's plans to frustrate the act and if so, what sanction should be imposed.

Of great discussion regarding the implementation of Brexit is the status of a customs border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.

On Twitter, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar condemned the Letwin Amendment, saying that Johnson's plan "defends Ireland's interests".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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