Soon early parliamentary elections? On Tuesday, October 22, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened to withdraw the bill on his Brexit agreement and call for early elections if the deputies refused the forced march he tries to impose. Just nine days before the scheduled divorce date, the conservative leader has put pressure on parliamentarians, calling on them to work “day and night” to adopt the compromise negotiated snatch with the other 27 member countries of the Union. European.
The deputies having refused Saturday to decide on the agreement as a whole, their green light now depends on the adoption of the technical legislation necessary for its implementation. A much more complex process. “If Parliament refuses to let Brexit go and decides to postpone everything to January or even later (…), the text will have to be withdrawn and we will have to go to early elections,” Boris Johnson told the House. communes.
Two votes are expected this Tuesday at the end of the day. One is to provide initial support for the text that translates the withdrawal agreement into UK law. The other is the timing of his review. It is this last vote which promises to be the most delicate. The government wants a legislative process at no cost, hoping to finish Thursday. This very short time frame for voting on a 110-page project (with even longer explanatory notes) irritates MPs.
The chances of a “no deal” would be strengthened
In case of rejection, the chances of final adoption of the law before the end of the month would be strongly compromised, reinforcing the chances of a “no deal” in a little over a week, likely to cause chaos at the border and shortages. This could also encourage the Europeans to grant a new postponement to London, which was forced to ask for a further extension on Saturday for lack of green light from Parliament.
Hence the threat waved by the Prime Minister to obtain positive votes on Tuesday, which would mark a clear progress towards a smooth exit at the end of the month without guaranteeing it. This would allow the United Kingdom to “turn the page” and Parliament to begin to “heal and unite”, insisted Johnson before the deputies.
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Boris Johnson came to power at the end of July with the promise to leave his country of the European Union on October 31, more than three years after the shock of the referendum of June 2016. He continues to hammer his opposition to a new postponement of Brexit , that he was obliged by law to ask Saturday.
European Council President Donald Tusk said on Twitter that he was consulting European leaders on “how to respond” to this request for postponement and said he had made it clear to Boris Johnson that a Brexit without agreement would be “never” the decision of the Europeans.
In front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday morning that he “will still regret (t) the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union”. “But at least we can face each other and say that we have done everything in our power to ensure that this departure is orderly.”
Last vote in the European Parliament
The European Parliament will be the last to vote on the Brexit agreement, after the British MPs. In the event that everything is ready by then in London, an extraordinary session could be organized next week in Brussels, according to the spokesman of the institution. But in Westminster, the opposition is in ambush, ready to draw amendments in the coming days that, if passed, would radically change the exit agreement. A Labor amendment is about a customs union with the European Union, another would introduce a new referendum.
Labor will “seize every opportunity” to “safeguard the rights of workers, protect our economy and ensure that the people can have the last word,” wrote John McDonnell, Labor Affairs Officer for Labor, a column published in the Daily Mirror. According to him, the deputies have “the opportunity to reject the dummy choice between the bad agreement of Boris Johnson and an exit without agreement, and support instead an agreement which is worth for everybody”.
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