British Commons speaker rejects gov't bid for Brexit deal vote on Monday

British Commons speaker rejects gov't bid for Brexit deal vote on Monday

British Commons speaker rejects gov't bid for Brexit deal vote on Monday

Anti-EU campaigner Nigel Farage, whose Brexit Party won the most British seats at European elections this year, told the EU parliament that another delay was on the cards.

Every part of Johnson's deal can now be amended in Parliament with whatever shades of Brexit that MPs wish to attach to it.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will pull his Brexit withdrawal agreement bill and push for a general election if MPs vote against a timetable to push it through Parliament.

If Bercow blocks the vote, focus will switch to the government bringing its WAB before MPs on 21 October, with a vote on its second reading the following day.

"People who do not vote for the programme motion will not be voting for Brexit on October 31", he said.

Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg gave MPs until Thursday night to scrutinise and approve the 110-page bill, which was only published last night.

It will legislate for a transition period, where if the deal is agreed, Britain will continue to follow European Union rules until the end of 2020, while the Government tries to thrash out a free trade agreement with Brussels.

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said that if the legislation strayed too far from the deal, then its ratification would be placed in question.

The showdown comes just nine days before Britain's scheduled departure date. Johnson's government had sought a "straight up-and-down vote" Monday on the agreement he struck last week with the 27 other European Union nations laying out the terms of the U.K's exit.

Instead, the MPs voted 322 to 306 to approve an amendment put forward by former Conservative MP Sir Oliver Letwin, which says the Parliament will not vote on Johnson's deal until the legislation needed to implement Brexit, known as the withdrawal and implementation bill, has been approved first.

Bercow's ruling plunged the tortuous Brexit process back into grimly familiar territory.

"I have no doubt that we should treat the British request for an extension in all seriousness", Tusk said, after British prime minister Boris Johnson requested the postponement, until 1 January, in a letter over the weekend.

Tusk on Tuesday said the Council was watching developments in the United Kingdom closely and consulting on how to respond to the letter.

Johnson built his Brexit strategy on the premise of using the pressure of time to force everyone to stop bickering and agree an exit plan by the end of the month. The amendment reserved any approval of the (new) Withdrawal Bill until all of the legislation that it required had been approved by the Commons.

Despite European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker raising doubts over another Brexit delay, the decision needs to be taken by all 27 remaining EU states, not him. A sense of the scale of the powers involved is provided by the Delegated Powers Memorandum, published alongside the bill: at 104 pages it is nearly twice as long as that for the government's last flagship Brexit act-the EU Withdrawal Act-which was heavily criticised in parliament for the number and scope of the powers it included.

But, with no Commons majority and Mr Johnson's erstwhile allies in the DUP resolutely opposed, he still faces a major battle to achieve his pledge to lead the country out of the European Union by the October 31 deadline.

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