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Britain’s leader Boris Johnson denied new Brexit after weekend Parliament snub

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Britain's leader Boris Johnson denied new Brexit after weekend Parliament snub

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the UK parliament "now is the time to do this" as he urges lawmakers to support his new Brexit plan. (October 19)
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LONDON – Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans for Brexit were dealt another blow on Monday when Parliament denied him a vote on his withdrawal deal with the European Union, just days after a similar process. vote was sabotaged by opposition and rebel parliamentarians.

John Bercow, the House of Commons president, said in a speech to the British Parliament that it would be "repetitive and disorderly" to allow a new vote on Monday.

It was the second time in 48 hours that Johnson's plan to approve the EU divorce bill was approved in the British Parliament at the last minute.

In an unexpected turnaround in Brexit's deadlock months, lawmakers on Saturday forced Johnson to call on the EU to extend its Brexit deadline on 31 October.

As part of that request, there was no vote on Johnson's EU exit agreement.

Legislators want more time to review the legislation and ensure that there is enough time to implement it. Brexit "without agreement" can be completely discarded.

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Johnson was forced by law to send a letter to the EU requesting an extension, which the EU has not yet granted, but he has not signed and made it clear that it was against any form of postponing leaving the 28-country bloc. for Halloween.

Johnson expected Parliament to approve the vote for Monday.

"This is the chance to leave the EU with a deal on October 31," Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said before the vote, urging Bercow to allow the vote to go ahead.

"If Parliament wants to respect the referendum, it must support the project," he said.

But Bercow said he could not allow the vote to take place because it was essentially "the same as Saturday." He did not specify when a new vote would take place.

It is unclear whether there is enough time to meet Johnson's October 31 deadline on Brexit.

It may take weeks or even months for the legislation to pass through Parliament.

Lawmakers will begin to debate and vote in the House of Commons on several amendments to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the formal name of the agreement, on Tuesday.

A new substantive vote on the agreement could come on Wednesday or Thursday.

Johnson spokesman James Slack said the government was disappointed, accusing Bercow of denying "the chance to fulfill the will of the British people."

Meanwhile, Johnson is making progress in implementing legislation for the agreement he has agreed with the EU, although Parliament has not yet approved it, although for Brexit to occur, lawmakers will need to judge the agreement, according to Tim Bale, policy professor. at Queen Mary, University of London.

A vote in Parliament on Johnson Agreement theoretically, it is the last major obstacle to approving Britain's exit from the EU three years after a national referendum it divided Britain. Theresa May resigned as prime minister, after repeatedly failing to get legislators to approve her divorce settlement. And its predecessor, David Cameron, resigned after failing to predict the political chaos that Brexit would unleash.

Johnson's deal resembles May's, although he has replaced the "retreat" – measures to prevent a post-Brexit return to a "rigid" border between Ireland and EU member Northern Ireland – with "alternative arrangements" that allow some customs controls to take place on the mainland of the United Kingdom.

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The frictionless trade between Ireland and Northern Ireland is one of the things underlying the Good Friday Agreement, a peace agreement between the British and Irish governments and most political parties in Northern Ireland.

Under the so-called Brexit without agreement, many of the laws and regulations governing Britain's four-decade relationship with the EU, from trade to security, would effectively evaporate overnight. Economists believe this would significantly damage the British economy and threaten chaos at its borders. The British government claims it has made adequate emergency preparations to cover just-in-time supply chains, where Britain depends on access to some fresh food and essential medicines.

It may take a few days for the EU to decide to respond to Brexit's delay request.

"We will have a little more clarity in the coming days and then we will exercise our responsibility and make a decision quickly," said Peter Altmaier of Germany.

The EU may grant a small technical extension to allow Parliament to complete the adoption of legislation. Alternatively, if UK lawmakers do not approve the agreement or approve it under certain conditions, the EU could opt for a longer extension.

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