London (AP) - The British Parliament is scheduled to vote today in a historic special session on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal.
Johnson wants to inform MEPs about the outcome of the EU summit on Thursday and promote the Brexit deal recently negotiated with Brussels. Then there is a debate. The start of the voting is expected around 3.30 pm (CEST).
There were three amendments on Friday evening. Whether or not they vote will be decided by Parliament President John Bercow. In theory, further applications could be submitted at short notice. A promising proposal is to postpone the decision on the deal again.
Johnson is under pressure to get the House of Commons approval for his deal on Saturday. Otherwise, it is required by law to apply for an extension of the Brexit deadline expiring on 31 October in Brussels. If the deal is rejected, there should also be a vote on an unregulated no-deal Brexit with uncertain consequences. If the deal is approved, the UK can leave the EU as planned on 31 October.
The prime minister does not have his own majority in parliament. He therefore relies on support from the opposition. In addition to a number of MEPs he threw out of the faction in September, Johnson is likely to try and pull Labor MPs to his side. The outcome of the vote could, according to British media, be extremely tight.
Parliament's agenda on Saturday
Background to the meeting day and the expected vote from the Commons Library