Legal cloud over UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit letters

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 21, 2019

Michael Gove said he was confident the prime minister had enough support in Parliament to get the agreement over the line as he warned that lawmakers had increased the risk of a no-deal Brexit by forcing Johnson to ask the European Union for a delay.

Adding to the sense that the content of the first letter bears little resemblance to what he believes (and indeed attests via his signature) Johnson writes that he "would have preferred a different result" in parliament and that numerous MPs who voted for the Letwin act actually support a deal, outlining his confidence that the United Kingdom can complete the process in time for the October 31 deadline.

The Labour main opposition has lambasted Johnson's deal as a "sell-out" and voted for the delay. The EU chamber sits in Strasbourg this week.

Another one added the meeting was very brief: "No questions, no discussion".

Letwin's rationale here is to lock in an "insurance policy" so that if the new deal itself is approved but something subsequently upsets the broader raft of legislation necessary to ensure a managed Brexit, the government has an extension in place to prevent a no-deal scenario.

Johnson sent a photocopy of the letter with a request to delay Brexit, which he did not sign, while at the same time he sent a letter in which he stressed that prolonging Brexit is damaging for both London and Brussels. Monday will feature more legal action, more arm-twisting, cajoling and veiled threats by Johnson and his ministers and more amendments designed by lawmakers to stymie Johnson's plan to have Britain leave the 28-nation bloc on October 31.

"I think actually the mood in the country is clear and the Prime Minister's determination is absolute and I am with him in this, we must leave by October 31st". "We have the means and the ability to do so", he told Sky News television. The request was accompanied by a second letter, signed by Mr Johnson, saying he believes a delay would be a mistake.

However, if Bercow allows a "meaningful vote" on Johnson's deal prior to publication of a withdrawal bill, and if this is passed - thereby removing the need for an extension - there remains the potential that a bill can be sabotaged in the next 10 days - resulting in no deal. One of his most senior ministers said Britain would still leave the bloc on October 31. He waited until the last possible moment, withheld his signature and immediately followed it with a signed letter indicating that he doesn't favor another Brexit extension.

Johnson now could face legal challenges from opponents who feel that sending the second letter was done specifically to frustrate the will of Parliament, which has not approved his Brexit plan but does want a Brexit deal.

"Another chance for sanity and perhaps rationality to take over, rather than emotion", filmmaker Jove Lorenty said as he stood outside Parliament.

In yet another twist to the running Brexit drama, Johnson sent three letters to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council.

The EU, which has grappled with the tortuous Brexit crisis since Britons voted 52%-48% to leave in a 2016 referendum, was clearly bewildered by the contradictory signals from London.

Senior cabinet minister Michael Gove, the government's Brexit planning chief, was nonetheless adamant that Britain would leave the European Union on schedule.

Heaping more pressure on lawmakers to back Johnson's deal, Gove also said British government is triggering contingency plans to mitigate the disruption s expected if the country leaves the European Union without a deal.

But Kier Starmer, Labour's shadow Brexit Secretary, told the Andrew Marr Show Labour would support an amendment calling for a referendum in the House of Commons next week.

MR MICHAEL GOVE, the minister-in-charge of no-deal Brexit preparations. The news of the unsigned letter stirred the pot.

Johnson's Conservative party has only 288 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons, so he needs the support of some opposition lawmakers.

However, there is little time - about 11 days - for MPs to pass all the legislation required to make Brexit happen on October 31, making December 1 again seem realistic.

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