Pound down as United Kingdom parliament in turmoil over Brexit deal

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 21, 2019

Commons Speaker John Bercow, who Tory Brexiteers have accused of being pro-Remain, is expected to rule on Monday afternoon whether the Government can bring the so-called "meaningful vote" on its plans.

During the case's first hearing on October 9, the Government's lawyers assured the court Mr Johnson would adhere to the law in writing and before the judges - despite the Prime Minister's repeated public declarations he would never request an extension.

On Saturday, MPs withheld support for Johnson's deal until they can scrutinise its details.

Former interior minister Amber Rudd said the same, meaning Johnson is just a few votes short.

"There is no point having a meaningless vote - the Government would pull the motion".

But he continued: "Having said all that, the rest of the political declaration is entirely negotiable and in any free trade arrangement that we would have had with the European Union anyway, we would have had to negotiate so it's quite possible that we could get a very good deal out of this".

The statements come after the DUP voted for the Letwin amendment, which forces the Prime Minister to seek a Brexit delay, potentially pushing the 31 October deadline to 31 January 2020. A confirmatory referendum would throw open the possibility of Brexit not even happening - although it is not clear whether there would be sufficient numbers among lawmakers to back such a plan.

As things stand, the government will present the withdrawal agreement bill later today and try and push forward with a vote on the second reading tomorrow.

And without a meaningful vote in Parliament, support for the agreement has not yet been tested.

The latest on Brexit: leaders in the United Kingdom insist that it will happen one way or another by the October 31 deadline, despite requests to the European Union for an extension. "If people vote for that legislation. then we can leave and we can leave in time", he said.

His repeated message that this was Parliament's decision, not his, is not just for MPs in London or European Union leaders to read.

Scottish judges have delayed a decision on whether Boris Johnson could be in contempt of court to see if he fully complies with the legislation that required him to ask for a Brexit extension.

Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the European Union late Saturday seeking a delay to Britain's impending departure from the bloc, as required by law.

Sir Oliver, who was among the rebels exiled by Mr Johnson over their attempts to stop a no-deal, successfully tabled an amendment which effectively forced the PM to ask for a delay.

Despite Johnson's avowed reluctance to delay leaving the European Union, leaders from the multinational organization said that they would consider the extension request.

Johnson sent a second, signed letter arguing that an extension would be damaging, stating that the process must be brought "to a conclusion", but Johnson will have to face off with lawmakers in Parliament this week.

Mr Longworth added that while Theresa May's withdrawal agreement was "worse than remaining", Mr Johnson's proposal is "better than remaining". Following is a rough guide to what could happen next: Monday: Possible brexit deal debateJacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the lower house of parliament, or House of Commons, said on Saturday the government planned to put Johnson's exit deal to a debate and vote on Monday.

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