- Key vote: Boris Johnson's Brexit agreement, in the hands of the speaker, John Bercow
The president of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has entered into direct confrontation with 'premier' Boris Johnson by rejecting the vote of the Brexit agreement originally scheduled for Monday afternoon. Bercow has alleged that the motion presented by the Government was the same filed on Saturday and withdrawn at the last minute by Johnson after suffering his eighth parliamentary defeat.
Hours earlier, Johnson himself had claimed "a clear yes or no" to his agreement and accused the opposition of using obstructionist maneuvers to prevent the Brexit vote. The Labor Party has announced in the meantime its intention to resubmit a battery of amendments this week , with the support of the Unionist Democratic Party (DUP), which considers Johnson's agreement as a threat to the "economic and constitutional integrity" of the Kingdom United.
Bercow thus frustrated Johnson's plans and provoked angry protests from the Conservative Party deputies, accusing him of anti-Brexit bias. Johnson has not announced at the moment if he will try again to force a vote this week and stressed his intention to finish Brexit on October 31 .
The 'premier' effectively backed down in the "Supersábado" after the last maneuver of the opposition, which managed to approve an amendment (by 322 to 306 votes) forcing him to request an extension of Brexit. The 'premier' withdrew the vote of his agreement fearing a new parliamentary defeat and decided to allow time to seek new support for his agreement.
"We have enough votes to move it forward," warned Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who stressed that the date of EU exit remains October 31. The Government hopes to win the support of twenty deputies expelled from the Conservative Party a month ago and a long dozen Brexit supporters.
In the absence of 10 days for the stipulated date for Brexit, the obstructionist maneuvers of Parliament are making it "increasingly unlikely that the Government can reach the goal in time," according to BBC analyst Laura Kuenssberg.
In full countdown, Johnson also faces a new action in court for "contempt" of Parliament , for his decision to send to Brussels two contradictory letters: one unsigned and calling for the extension of Brexit, and another signed arguing that a new delay would be "a mistake".
The European Union attends in the meantime with stupefaction at the theater of the absurd of Westminster, which has punished Johnson with eight parliamentary defeats in three months. The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, began a round of consultations with the 27 on Sunday and warned that the EU will take several days to decide on a hypothetical extension. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has left the doors open, but French President Emmanuel Macron has been reluctant to enter.
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