- The British House of Commons voted this Saturday on the negotiated by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreement for the EU exit from the UK.
- Johnson's predecessor Theresa May had failed three times in parliament with her Brexit treaty.
- Whether Johnson gets a majority is unclear. It is expected a close result. The Northern Irish DUP has announced that it intends to vote against the agreement. Some Labor MPs, however, want to accept the agreement.
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10:19 19 October 2019
Lawyer Caspar Iser
Johnson's predecessor Theresa May failed with her contract three times in parliament. Here again the clear result of the third vote:
The result on this Saturday should be much tighter. The absolute majority for Johnson is 320 votes in the lower house. Johnson's Tories get a maximum of 287 votes together - even if the Brexit hardliners pull along.
Therefore, it would also be necessary for Johnson to support those 21 conservatives who are against a Brexit without an agreement with the EU. They had therefore voted against Johnson's government a few weeks ago, which had then excluded them from his Tory party in September. Also, the votes of some MPs of the opposition Labor Party needed Johnson to get even a narrow majority together.
Some British media now expect a narrow majority for Johnson . Accordingly, up to nine Labor MPs are likely to vote for Johnson's deal.
10:13 19 October 2019
Boris Johnson may well have to ask the EU for extra time.
Mistrust of Boris Johnson is huge in the lower house. Over the past few weeks, there has been speculation over and over again how the British Prime Minister might bypass the so-called Benn Act , which forces him to extend if Johnson loses the vote today.
But what if Johnson wins the vote? Is then an exit without agreements finally excluded? And an extension lapsed?
No, his opponents believe in parliament. They therefore want to enforce another law on Saturday.
It comes from the deputy Oliver Letwin (one of the 21 so-called Tory rebels, who Johnson has excluded from the group) and provides that all other legislative packages necessary for an orderly Brexit must be adopted in the coming days. The Letwin bill extends the validity of the Benn Act , so to speak.
If the draft finds a majority and then it looks like that has the fallow consequences for Johnson : he would have to send a letter tonight in any case to the EU and ask for an extension. Because the deadline fixed in the Benn Act expires in any case today. What happens in the coming days is completely open.
The concern of his opponents is that while Parliament agrees to the compromise with the EU, in the days leading up to 31 October something will (deliberately) go awry and Britain will fly out of the EU without a deal. For example, the hardliners among the Tories could try - whatever - to force a No Deal they want.
10:04 19 October 2019
Lawyer Caspar Iser
The government of Boris Johnson has no own majority in parliament. Nevertheless, the House of Commons could vote for the Prime Minister's Brexit deal this Saturday. The result is likely to be much smaller than in previous votes on Brexit.
The Northern Irish DUP announced its intention to vote against Johnson. Instead, some Labor MPs are likely to vote in favor of the withdrawal agreement. Also, the support of the Brexit hardliners among the Tories , Johnson can probably be sure. But the so-called European Research Group, an association of conservative hardliners among the conservatives, has not yet decided.
The British Prime Minister is determined to lead his country out of the EU on 31 October . He had long asserted that Britain would get out without a deal. However, a UK law obliges him to ask for a respite from the EU if no agreement has been approved by Parliament by Saturday. In this case, the EU states should also grant this.
A vote is expected around 15:30 clock.
This is how we start this live blog.