British MPs agree to study the content of the withdrawal agreement, but reject the timetable proposed by Boris Johnson

MEPs feel that they need more time to discuss this 115-page document together with 126 pages of explanation.

Another crucial day on the Westminster side. TheThe British legislators approved, on Tuesday 22 October, at second reading, the draft law which aims to transpose the Brexit agreement with Brussels into British law (329 votes to 299). What was to be a first win for Boris Johnson, however, was followed by disappointment.

In the process, the deputies rejected (322 votes against, 308 for) the extremely tight timetable proposed by the government to debate this bill in order to allow the United Kingdom to leave the European Union on 31 October.

This timetable provided for the review and approval of the law implementing the agreement by the evening of Thursday 24 October. MEPs feel that they need more time to debate this 115-page document with 126 pages of explanation.

Reacting to this setback, which seriously compromises the chances of ratification before October 31, the British Prime Minister told MPs that he intended to ask Europeans “their intentions” concerning the report requested Saturday. “Pending their decision, we will suspend this legislation”, did he declare.

Meanwhile, the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, consults on Tuesday night the leaders of the 27 EU members on the request for extension of the exit date of the United Kingdom.

“The President of the European Council is consulting EU leaders on the extension request submitted by the United Kingdom to postpone its exit on 31 January 2020”, Mina Andreeva announced on her Twitter account.


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