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Lower House President: No second vote on Brexit deal on Monday

2019-10-21T15:00:39.391Z

The British House of Commons chairman John Bercow did not accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's wish to vote again on the Brexit deal on Monday, as this motion was also submitted to parliament last Saturday. Johnson then suffered a major defeat and postponed the vote on the agreement.



The British House of Commons chairman John Bercow did not accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's wish to vote again on the Brexit deal on Monday, as this motion was also submitted to parliament last Saturday. Johnson then suffered a major defeat and postponed the vote on the agreement.

An adopted amendment to the law, the Letwin amendment, forced Johnson to request a new Brexit postponement in Brussels on Saturday. In addition, the amendment ensured that the Brexit agreement could not be approved until the corresponding legislation had been implemented.

The Prime Minister still wants, although he sent a letter to Brussels against his will on Saturday for postponement, that the United Kingdom leave the EU on 31 October. He therefore hoped that his agreement could be resubmitted to parliament on Monday, so that he could keep up the pace.

It is expected that the government will publish the required retirement law later on Monday, on which the parliament may possibly vote on Tuesday at the earliest.

See also: What happened this weekend in the Brexit process and how should it continue?

Opposition is planning new amendments

Not only the government, but also the opposition is planning further steps in the meantime. For example, they are expected to submit amendments again in a second vote.

It is already being discussed in London that Labor wants to submit a legislative amendment to ensure that the Brexit deal, after approval from the House of Commons, must also be submitted to the people in a referendum. In addition, an amendment would be considered that would change something significant about the content of the Johnson agreement, namely that the UK remains in the customs union.

Both of these amendments have been dealt with in the past in the Brexit deals of former Prime Minister Theresa May, but did not receive sufficient support at the time. Now that the Conservatives no longer have a majority in parliament, things can get exciting this time.

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Why the vote on the Brexit deal has been moved again

EU would be open to postponement but wait for London

The European Union has not yet given an official response to the requested postponement, but is certainly open to this. This will probably become clear after Tuesday, because she first wants to wait and see what happens in London. If there is an agreement, then no more delay is required.

Johnson forced the letter to Brussels on Saturday, but did not sign it. He also sent a separate letter in which he called a new postponement a "mistake." The prime minister hopes that the EU will not grant an extension so that he can deliver on his promise of a Brexit on 31 October.

There is currently a case against Johnson before the highest court in Scotland. According to the Prime Minister's critics, he broke the law because he sent the second letter. When the case is handled is still unknown.

Source: nunl

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