Varadkar ruling out EU Brexit concessions to get DUP backing on deal

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 21, 2019

"If the deal should pass, then I believe there is enough time to complete Brexit by October 31", said Yannis Koutsomitis.

Anti-Brexit campaigners had asked the court earlier this month for it either to issue an order forcing Johnson to ask for a delay or for it to instruct that a letter be sent to the European Union on his behalf if he refused.

Judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled Monday that the case should continue until the government's obligations under the law have been complied with "in full".

Johnson was ambushed by opponents in Parliament on Saturday who demanded a change to the sequencing of the ratification of the deal, exposing the prime minister to a law which demanded he request a delay until January 31. "He made that request in a formal, unsigned letter he was required by law to send to the European Union following the passage of a measure mandating it be sent in Parliament Saturday".

EU RESPONSE TO DELAY REQUEST The chairman of European Union leaders, Donald Tusk, said on Saturday he had received the extension request and he would now be consulting with EU capitals on how to react.

But that is a path that exposes Johnson to attempts by opponents to wreck the agreement.

But EU officials were still making preparations for Britain to leave in 10 days' time.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants his Brexit deal to be passed by parliament, his spokesman said on Monday, warning lawmakers the government would not hold a vote on the agreement if lawmakers tried to change it.

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.

On Sunday Michael Gove, a close adviser to Johnson, told the UK's Sky News: "We are going to leave on October the 31st".

"If essentially the legislation in parliament steps too far away from the Withdrawal Agreement and political declaration, it does bring into question ratification".

A French official has not ruled out granting a new delay to Britain's withdrawal from the bloc on condition that the United Kingdom clarifies its reasons for wanting a Brexit delay.

The deputy minister for European affairs, Amelie de Montchalin, told French news broadcaster BFM TV that "there is no new delay without any conditions, without justifications" like a parliamentary election or a new referendum on Brexit.

The Court of Session in Scotland is already considering the matter, and it may end up being decided in the British Supreme Court, which in September ruled that Johnson had acted unlawfully when he suspended Parliament for five weeks as the Brexit deadline crept closer. In a statement, he said a delay "would not be in any party's interest".

But the speaker of the House, John Bercow, said he would rule whether that would be allowed after several lawmakers said it would break with parliamentary convention that the same question can not be put twice during the same session.

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

"Whether it's [British prime minister] Boris Johnson's bad deal or a better one which could be secured, it has got to go to a referendum up against remain", Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also said.

A Number 10 source told PoliticsHome: "We can not allow Parliament's letter to lead to Parliament's delay - we must leave on 31 October and finally get Brexit done".

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