Brexit: Boris Johnson Prevented from Getting Agreement with EU

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons during a debate on Brexit on 19 October 2019 in London.

The government’s motion on the UK’s Brexit agreement from the European Union will not be considered this Monday 21st October 2019 in the House of Commons.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was denied Monday 21st October 2019 a vote of the Parliament on the Brexit agreement won last week in Brussels, prolonging the confusion to ten days of the planned date for the exit of the United Kingdom of the European Union.

Under the principle that the same text can not be debated several times in the same parliamentary session, John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, refused to allow MPs to vote on the UK’s exit agreement from the United Kingdom. ‘European Union.

Towards an unavoidable “deal”?

It will be necessary to wait for the study of the more complex texts of application , to know if the British Parliament gives the green light to the compromise, complicating the task of the Europeans who must decide on a possible new postponement of the divorce.

The government’s motion “will not be debated,” John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, said it would be “repetitive” to vote on the subject again.

To avoid a “no deal” on October 31, London won a new divorce agreement with the European Union last week but failed to win the support of the British Parliament on Saturday. MEPs adopted, by a 16-vote majority, an amendment postponing Parliament’s approval, pending the passage of all the legislation needed to implement Boris Johnson’s Brexit agreement.

The purpose of this amendment was to prevent an exit without “accidental” agreement if these complex texts were not passed and promulgated in time, according to its author.

The Prime Minister has therefore been forced to request a postponement of the date of exit, for the time scheduled for October 31, a request under review in Brussels.

But the conservative leader, fiercely opposed to any further postponement of the Brexit, originally scheduled for March 29 and already postponed twice, accompanied this request with a letter explaining why he does not want a new deadline.

Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay arrives at Downing Street on October 21, 2019 in London.
Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay arrives at Downing Street on October 21, 2019 in London. (© AFP / Ben STANSALL)

Short technical report

If the government fails to get the text ratified on time, “a short technical report” is possible, said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Berlin on Monday.

Paris reiterated that an “additional delay” would “not be in anyone’s interest”. The decision will have to be taken unanimously by the European leaders.

Determined despite all to keep his promise of a Brexit on October 31, the government of Boris Johnson account intends to pass in Parliament as soon as possible the legislation necessary for the entry into force of the agreement, even if it is necessary to sit parliamentarians in the evening or on weekends.

He believes he has a majority to support his agreement, which settles the conditions of divorce after 46 years of life together, allowing a smooth exit with a transitional period at least until the end of 2020.

More than three years after the 2016 referendum that saw 52% of Britons support the “Leave” camp, public opinion and parliamentarians remain very divided, even within Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party.

“Ruin the Brexit”

And the opposition is planning to put a drag on the government, by tabling amendments.

Keir Starmer, Labor’s Brexit Officer, told the BBC on Sunday that the Brexit agreement was to be voted on by the British in a referendum, a poll in which hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated London Saturday.

The Labour Party will also push for a binding London amendment to ask the EU to remain in a customs union, which “would bring us back to square one,” warned Trade Minister Liz Truss in columns of the Daily Telegraph. This option was indeed examined and then rejected by the Parliament a few months ago.

“If we do not leave (the EU) it will be because Parliament has prevented the government from doing what it was committed to,” said a senior minister at The Times, saying the only way to break the stalemate was to hold early elections to restore a majority to the head of government.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons during a debate on Brexit
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons during a debate on Brexit in London on October 19, 2019 .. (© UK PARLIAMENT / AFP / JESSICA TAYLOR) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at House of Commons during a debate on Brexit, London, October 19, 2019)

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