UK speaker rules against another Brexit deal vote

Monday, 28 Oct, 2019

But he continues to aim at meeting the October 31 deadline for United Kingdom departure from the European Union. In a statement, he said a delay "would not be in any party's interest". "But it is not possible, not imaginable that this Parliament would ratify the agreement before Westminster will have ratified the agreement - first London, then Brussels and Strasbourg", he said.

European Council President Donald Tusk said he would consult EU leaders on how to respond to the request.

"MPs have an opportunity to reject the false choice between Boris Johnson's bad deal and no deal", he wrote.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will "pause" the government's planned Brexit legislation. Johnson would need the support of parliament to call one. Had they voted in favor, Brexit would have occurred as scheduled on October 31.

Johnson sent the note to the European Union unsigned - and added another signed letter arguing against what he said was a deeply corrosive delay.

He did not reply to an offer from Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn to allow the hefty Brexit bill to be debated at a slower pace than the government's fast-track plan.

A confusion of pro and anti-Brexit flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London, 21-10-2019.

The numbers looked tight for the PM, especially without the support of his erstwhile allies the DUP, but Tory Brexiteers had thrown their weight behind it as had a number of Labour MPs and independents.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a potentially perilous ratification of his Brexit divorce deal in the British parliament after the speaker refused to allow a vote on it on Monday.

Under the amendment passed on Saturday, the agreement can not come into force until the legislation - called the Withdrawal Agreement Bill - is passed.

"Trying to ram through legislation of this complexity, significance and long lasting consequences in just 3 days is an abomination of scrutiny and democracy", said Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party. They are due to vote on that later Tuesday.

Boris Johnson successfully negotiated a Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union last week but made a number of concessions to do so, including agreeing to checks on some goods entering Northern Ireland from Great Britain. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told French lawmakers Tuesday that he sees "no justification" at this stage for a further delay.

He added: "We are no longer debating about fantasies, we're debating about fact and the facts are this is a bad deal".

The bill, which could be amended in a longer parliamentary session on Wednesday, is created to make Johnson's withdrawal agreement, which has the status of a draft global treaty, into British law.

Guy Verhofstadt, the coordinator of the European Parliament's position on Brexit, declared on Monday that The Commons were not ready and the blame should be put on Westminster instead of the European Parliament.

Asked whether it would end up in court, Starmer said: "I am sure there will be court proceedings". However, if Members of Parliament make any major changes to the deal till the end of this week, in spite of principally agreeing to it on Tuesday, the government will be expected to pull the bill in actuality.

"This would give us time to debate, scrutinise and amend the bill and vote on it".

Juncker said Brexit had been a waste of time, and it irked him that he could not have spent more of his five-year mandate on making the bloc serve its citizens better.

Success or failure then would set the course for the coming week and largely determine whether Johnson's will get his October 31 divorce.

On Thursday the Prime Minister told reporters: "I'm afraid it looks as though our European Union friends are going to respond to Parliament's request by having an extension, which I really don't want at all".

While many analysts expect the bill to be approved, lawmakers may reject the three-day timetable because of concerns it doesn't provide enough time for scrutiny.

The government has proposed that lawmakers vote on a so-called second reading on the bill before setting out an accelerated timetable for its passage through both the lower house and upper houses of parliament in time for his deadline.