Conservatives have the votes for Brexit deal, Raab says

Marco Green
October 21, 2019

On Saturday, Members of Parliament (MP) backed a motion to further delay the process of Britain leaving the EU.

The EU has not yet given a clear response.

The Cabinet minister who is responsible for Brexit planning said the vote had triggered Operation Yellowhammer, the Government's no deal contingency plan, because it increased the chances of Britain leaving the European Union without an agreement on October 31.

Bercow will make a statement on the proceedings shortly after parliament opens at 1330 GMT.

A Brexit Party MEP said the United Kingdom "could get a very good deal" under Boris Johnson's Brexit plans, despite party leader Nigel Farage opposing them.

Sterling, which has rallied more than 6% since October 10, slid from five-month highs on Monday.

This weekend, Boris Johnson did the very thing he said he'd rather be "dead in a ditch" than do: request an extension to article 50 and possibly delay Brexit.

EU Council President Donald Tusk has acknowledged receipt of the UK's extension request and said he would consult EU leaders "on how to react".

One senior DUP official speaking to the Telegraph said that there were "multiple scenarios with multiple options for us to resist Johnson's anti-UK deal", adding that it would "be parliamentary guerilla warfare".

Shadow Brexit secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, confirmed on Sunday that Labour would back amendments aimed at blocking the British Prime Minister's Withdrawal Agreement bill, including adding a customs union and final say referendum.

"We are clear where we stand on the customs union as something that we can not support and will not support, and I believe that that will be the stance we will have later on when we see the wording", DUP lawmaker Jim Shannon said.

Johnson, it appears, is trying to turn Saturday's defeat into victory.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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