The UK's departure from the European Union is scheduled for October 31, but seems almost impossible due to Tuesday's votes in the British Parliament. What can we expect from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's earlier request to postpone the Brexit?
The House of Commons has agreed with Johnson's law that lays down the Brexit agreements in the law, but shortly thereafter voted against the three days that the prime minister wanted to set aside for treatment. Parliamentarians want more time.
For an orderly Brexit, the Brexit deal had to be handled by the lower house this week. That is not going to happen anymore, because the House of Commons does not agree with this and Johnson has suspended the handling of the law. In addition, there must also be a vote in the European Parliament.
The European Parliament will not meet next week, but could have met with an extraordinary meeting if the House of Commons had agreed to the three-day timetable.
Following PM @ BorisJohnson's decision to pause the process of ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, and in order to avoid a no-deal #Brexit, I will recommend the EU27 accept the UK request for an extension. For this I will propose a written procedure.Avatar
Tusk advises member states to agree to deferment
Although, according to Johnson, a no-deal Brexit is still possible, he forced the EU to postpone the departure until January 31. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, advises all EU member states to once again agree to postpone the Brexit, he announced on Tuesday evening.
The Brexit was originally scheduled to take place in March this year, but the British have successfully requested a delay twice. Several EU member states said earlier that the second postponement would be the last, but this does not necessarily mean that they will reject Johnson's request. If the UK leaves the EU without agreements, this will have consequences for the economies of the 27 countries that remain in the EU.
For a third postponement, all Member States must agree to Johnson's request. It is possible that the UK will ultimately receive less extra time from the EU, for example until December instead of the end of January. If a month's delay is given, there is room to deal with Johnson's law.
Early elections in the UK may be postponed until January 31. At this moment this course to the polls is not yet planned, but if that happens then the EU may be able to postpone the Brexit.
Johnson wants to launch new elections
Johnson has repeatedly called for early elections earlier this year, but Parliament has rejected these requests. The prime minister said on Tuesday that if the House of Commons does not agree with his timetable, he will submit a motion for new elections.
If the EU agrees to postpone the Brexit, a ballot box is the only way for the UK to get out of the Brexit crisis, Johnson believes.
Several Member States demand a change in the British political landscape. French Minister for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin said Tuesday in the French senate that "time is not the solution, but a political decision". "We cannot postpone this situation endlessly."
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