October 23, 2019
Prime Minister Boris Johnson could push for a snap election if the European Union backs a Brexit delay to January 31st, 2020.
Last night, MPs got Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill over its first hurdle, voting to give it a second reading by 329 votes to 299. Mr Johnson succeeded where his predecessor had failed, with Theresa May’s withdrawal treaty having been voted down three times in the House of Commons.
However, his bill is in limbo after MPs rejected his intensive timetable to get the legislation through the lower house in three days, thus scuppering the prime minister’s plans to have the UK out of the EU with a deal by his “do or die” pledged date of October 31st, 2019.
On Saturday, the Benn Act forced the prime minister to write to the EU requesting an extension of Article 50 for three months because no deal had been agreed by the 19th of October. Europeans are currently considering whether to grant the extension, with President of the European Council Donald Tusk pressuring EU member state leaders to back the delay.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 6:21 am