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Johnson hopes for a vote on Brexit agreements

2019-10-21T11:06:33.681Z

Boris Johnson wants Parliament to say a definite yes or no to his Brexit agreement today. But it is not certain that this is permissible, and it is now up to the President to decide whether it will be a vote.



It looks to be another day with several trips around Brexit. On Saturday, Parliament forced Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask the EU for another extension of the Brexit process, and the vote on the agreement itself was postponed.

Johnson is now trying to get the vote today, Monday.

But it is Speaker John Bercow who decides if it gets lost. According to the practice of the British Parliament, it is not possible to vote for exactly the same thing twice. During Saturday's extra-session, Parliament voted for a supplement to the Brexit agreement, which meant that Boris Johnson had to ask the EU for more time for exit.

The government then decided not to submit the agreement itself for voting. But it could still be that the fact that you voted on the supplement means that in practice you also voted on the agreement. This is what the President has to decide on today, and what determines if there is a vote on the agreement.

Letters can be investigated by the court

Earlier, Boris Johnson has said he would rather be dead in a ditch than ask for an extension of the Brexit process, something that Parliament forced him to do on Saturday. Johnson then sent a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk asking for another three months for resignation. Johnson did not sign that letter, however. He also sent another letter in which he wrote that it was a bad idea to grant an extension.

The opposition is now calling on Scotland's highest court to consider whether the Prime Minister's letter complies with the law. The government, for its part, claims that it has fulfilled its obligations by sending a letter asking for an extension.

May leave October 31st

However, Boris Johnson may be closer to getting through his Brexit agreement than former Prime Minister Theresa May. According to the Guardian, Johnson may have a small majority supporting his agreement. It is therefore not entirely impossible for the UK to leave the EU on 31 October if a vote on the agreement is to be canceled shortly.

Source: svt

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