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British House of Lords: Approval in the upper house to the law against No-Deal-Brexit


The second chamber will let the bill pass, which should prevent an EU exit without agreement. Already next week, the law should come into force.

According to the House of Commons, the lower house in the British parliament, the upper house is expected to approve the bill, which is to exclude a no-deal Brexit. Thus, the bill with the name European Union (Withdrawal) (No.6) Bill can be presented to the lower house again on Monday. Then MEPs can make any changes before the law becomes valid.

Before the vote in the House of Lords, it was feared that the government might try to postpone the decision in the House of Lords. Because: Johnson sends the parliament in the coming week in a several-week compulsory break. And usually it can take months for a law to be passed in the chambers. But after a nightly meeting, the members of the House of Lords agreed early on Thursday morning to let the draft pass.

However, the law against no-deal brexit could now take effect within a few days. It envisages that the deadline for leaving the EU will be extended for a further three months until 31 January 2020, unless an exit agreement exists by 19 October, which the Parliament approves. A UK request to postpone Brexit is still awaiting approval from the remaining EU member states.

For new elections Johnson missed 136 votes

The ruling should make it impossible for Britain, under Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, to leave the European Union on 31 October without a withdrawal agreement. On Wednesday evening, MPs in the House of Commons had passed the bill with 327 to 299 votes in third reading. The parliamentarians also opposed Johnson's request to hold new elections for October 15: the prime minister missed the necessary two-thirds majority by 136 votes.

Johnson had announced when he took office as British Prime Minister to lead the UK on 31 October from the EU - "without any ifs and buts". In 2016, a majority of the British people voted in favor of a Brexit in a referendum.

Source: zeit

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