If an agreement on UK withdrawal from the European Union is not approved before October 19, the Prime Minister will be obliged to ask the EU to postpone Brexit until January 31, 2020. This is stated in the bill adopted by the deputies of the House of Commons.
The bill blocking Britain’s exit from the European Union without an agreement was put to the vote on the evening of September 4. It says that if a Brexit agreement is not approved within a month, the prime minister will be required to seek a deferment from EU leaders.
Then, members of the House of Commons of the British Parliament passed a bill blocking the "hard" scenario for a country to leave the European Union.
In the final, third, reading of the bill, 327 parliamentarians supported the bill, 299 voted against it.
The bill seeks approval by the House of Lords. If the Lords make any amendments, the document will be returned to the House of Commons.
As soon as the bill passes all stages of approval, it will be submitted to the Queen.
The bill says that before October 19, the prime minister will either have to approve an agreement on leaving the EU in parliament or ask parliamentarians to approve Brexit without a deal. In case of failure after this period, he will be obliged to ask the EU leaders to postpone Brexit until January 31, 2020. If the EU proposes a different date, the head of government will have two days to accept this proposal, and the parliament will not have the right to reject Brussels’s initiative.
While speaking in the House of Commons immediately after the vote, Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused the deputies of inconsistency. He emphasized that the House voted to leave the EU, but also to actually postpone Brexit at the same time, which, in his eyes, doesn’t make any sense. In addition, today's bill thwarts any serious negotiations with the EU, Johnson said.
Representatives of the opposition chided him that no negotiations are being held with Brussels.
Johnson reiterated his proposal to hold early parliamentary elections on October 15 so that, according to him, the people will be able to determine who should represent the country in negotiations with European leaders. Johnson called the document a "surrender bill." According to him, the government seeks to approve the agreement until October 17, when the EU summit will be held. During the debate, the Laborites said they would not give a vote for the dissolution of parliament. The coalition led by conservatives may not have enough votes - on September 3, it lost a majority.
As we all know, in June of 2016, a referendum was held in the UK on the country's exit from the European Union. This decision was then supported by 51.9% of the British people. The release date was set for March 29, 2019.
On March 13, the British Parliament voted against Brexit under a "no agreement" scheme. At the same time, the House of Commons rejected the government version of the Brexit deal several times.
At the summit on April 10, EU leaders approved the postponement of Brexit until October 31.
Johnson said that the Brexit date will not be revised anymore, therefore, an exit without agreement is possible. European Council President Donald Tusk said the EU will not review the Brexit agreement.
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