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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:50 am

UK will leave EU this month

Boris said "I will not negotiate a delay with the EU"

Ministers insist the UK will leave the EU by 31 October, despite a letter sent to Brussels asking for a delay.

Boris Johnson sent the letter - unsigned - after a major setback in the Commons to his Brexit strategy.

But the request was accompanied by a second letter, signed by the PM, saying he believed a delay would be a mistake.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the PM had "proved the doubters wrong" by getting a new deal and he was confident Brexit would still happen on Halloween.

His colleague, Michael Gove, told Sky News' Sophy Ridge the government had "the means and ability" to leave on 31 October.

EU Council President Donald Tusk has acknowledged receipt of the UK's extension request and said he would consult EU leaders "on how to react".

Mr Johnson has spoken to fellow leaders and Mr Tusk, telling them the letter "is Parliament's letter, not my letter".

The prime minster had intended to bring his deal to Parliament on Saturday - the first such sitting in the Commons for 37 years - and ask MPs to approve it.

However, MPs instead voted in favour of an amendment withholding approval of the deal until all the necessary legislation to implement it had been passed.

Tabled by Tory MP Sir Oliver Letwin, the amendment was intended to ensure that Mr Johnson would comply with the terms of the so-called Benn Act designed to eliminate any possibility of a no-deal exit on 31 October.

Under that act, Mr Johnson had until 23:00 BST on Saturday to send a letter requesting a delay to the UK's departure - something he did with, albeit without his signature.

Sir Oliver Letwin: Brexit deal "is not perfect but it will do"

Mr Letwin told the BBC's Andrew Marr his amendment was "an insurance policy" and now it had passed, he would give his full support to the prime minister's deal.

However, Mr Gove, who as chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is in charge of no-deal planning, accused those who backed it of voting "explicitly to try to frustrate this process and to drag it out"

He said "the prime minister's determination is absolute" and the government's "determined policy" was to meet the 31 October deadline.

"We know that the EU want us to leave, we know that we have a deal that allows us to leave," he added.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50115151
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Re: BREXIT : what's happened ?

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:25 am

Brexit bill 'in limbo'
as MPs reject timetable


Boris Johnson has hit the pause button on his Brexit legislation after MPs rejected his plan to get it through the Commons in three days

MPs backed his Withdrawal Agreement Bill - but minutes later voted against the timetable, leaving it "in limbo".

After the vote, EU Council President Donald Tusk said he would recommend EU leaders backed an extension to the 31 October Brexit deadline.

But a No 10 source said if a delay was granted, the PM would seek an election.

On Saturday, Mr Johnson complied with a law demanding he write to the EU to ask for a three-month extension, but did not sign the letter.

Following the result in the Commons, he said it was Parliament and not the government that had requested an extension.

Mr Johnson said he would reiterate his pledge to EU leaders, telling them it was still his policy to leave by the end of October.

But Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg told MPs it was "very hard" to see how the necessary laws could be passed to leave with a deal by the deadline.

View from the EU

A spokesman from the European Commission said: "[The Commission] takes note of tonight's result and expects the UK government to inform us about the next steps."

But Mr Tusk tweeted he would "recommend the EU27 accept the UK request for an extension" in order to "avoid a no-deal Brexit".

The BBC's Europe editor Katya Adler said: "[The] temptation amongst most I speak to tonight in EU circles is to grant the 31 Jan extension."

And the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said that meant the government's plan to seek an election was "looking likely".

However, an EU source told BBC Brussels reporter Adam Fleming the bloc was considering a "flextension" - an extension with a maximum end date, but the flexibility for the UK to leave early if a deal is ratified.

Following Tuesday's Commons votes, a Downing Street source said Parliament "blew its last chance".

They added: "If Parliament's delay is agreed by Brussels, then the only way the country can move on is with an election."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Johnson was "the author of his own misfortune".

He told the Commons that MPs had "refused to be bounced into debating a hugely significantly piece of legislation in just two days, with barely any notice or an analysis of the economic impact of this bill".

But Mr Corbyn offered to enter discussions over a "sensible" timetable for the PM's deal to go through Parliament.

The SNP's leader, Ian Blackford, said it was "another humiliating defeat" for the PM, and MPs had "spoken with a very clear voice to tell the PM he is not on".

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson called on Mr Johnson to "end the brinkmanship and replace it with some statesmanship" in order to secure an extension with the EU.

Brexit bill's journey so far

Boris Johnson agreed his new plan with EU leaders last week, but has repeatedly pledged to leave the bloc by the end of October, with or without a deal.

This is despite him having to ask for an extension to Brexit on Saturday after MPs backed an amendment attempting to block a no-deal.

The bill that would turn his plan into law - the Withdrawal Agreement Bill - was published on Monday evening, and he urged MPs to back a three-day timetable to push it through the Commons ahead of the Halloween deadline.

The PM told Parliament if it "decides to delay everything until January or possibly longer", he would seek an election - but he did not say what the government would do if the EU offered a shorter extension.

MPs did approve the bill on its first hurdle through the Commons - called the second reading - by 329 votes to 299.

But in a vote straight after, they rejected the so-called programme motion, in other words the planned timetable to get the bill through Parliament, by 14 votes after a number of MPs criticised the pace of the legislation.

What happens next?

Mr Johnson told the Commons: "I will speak to EU member states about their intentions [but] until they have reached a decision - until we reach a decision, I will say - we will pause this legislation."

In the meantime, however, he said the government would "take the only responsible course and accelerate our preparations for a no deal outcome".

The PM added: "Let me be clear. Our policy remains that we should not delay [and] that we should leave the EU on 31 October."

If an election were to be triggered this week, the earliest it could take place would be Thursday 28 November, as the law requires 25 days between an election being called in Parliament and polling day.

But Mr Johnson cannot force an election himself and would need the backing of Parliament.

MPs had been due to debate the bill over Wednesday and Thursday, but will now return to discussing the contents of the Queen's Speech - which put forward the government's domestic agenda for the new session of Parliament.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50146182
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Re: BREXIT : what's happened ?

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:24 pm

I smell the free fresh air of freedom

And it smells soooooo good


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