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Brexit: Lords block “no deal”, new setback for Johnson

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The House of Lords on Friday passed the binding law proposal Boris Johnson to request a postponement of Brexit to avoid an exit without EU agreement, much to the chagrin of the Prime Minister who is betting on early elections to resolve the political crisis.

The text, which was passed Wednesday by the deputies, must now receive the approval of Queen Elizabeth II, on Monday, to become law. It aims to postpone the Brexit by three months, scheduled for October 31, if Boris Johnson does not find a divorce agreement with the European Union by October 19.

The Prime Minister, who would rather “die at the bottom of a ditch” rather than reject the Brexit, now hopes that the opposition approves his request to hold early elections in mid-October, to give himself a majority to get out of the EU on October 31 – agreement or not.

Boris Johnson was already campaigning Friday, meeting in Scotland farmers and fishermen who had supported the departure of the EU in the referendum of June 2016, which had seen the victory at 52% of the camp “Leave”.

After a first failure, the government will therefore submit late Monday night to the vote of the deputies a motion calling early elections. It must meet two-thirds of the votes to be adopted. But success is not guaranteed.

– The opposition is in agreement –

Opposition parties agreed on Friday for the vote. Jeremy Corbyn “had a positive conference call” Friday morning with other opposition parties on the “ongoing efforts” to prevent a Brexit without agreement and on “the holding of elections,” said a spokesman for Labor.

“We are ready to work with others to make sure we do it at the right time,” that is, the one that guarantees “a deadline,” said Ian Blackford, senior official of the Scottish independence party. SNP, the second opposition force in Parliament.

A new Brexit report, initially scheduled for 29 March and postponed twice, will however have to be approved unanimously by the other 27 EU Member States, which seem to be open to it.

In this fierce battle, Boris Johnson won a court victory on Friday.

The High Court of Justice in London has decided to reject a request to cancel the suspension of Parliament, a controversial decision made by the head of the Conservative government. The action was brought by Gina Miller, a businesswoman and anti-Brexit activist, and supported by former Conservative Prime Minister John Major.

“My team and I will not give up the fight for democracy,” Miller told the press after the hearing, who intends to appeal.

In Scotland, Boris Johnson pleaded the cause of the elections, mocking Labor, the main opposition party, which avoided them. “Never in history has an opposition party been offered a chance to have an election and rejected it,” Boris Johnson said Friday during his trip to the Aberdeen area.

Mr. Johnson is then to be received by Queen Elizabeth II in his Balmoral Castle, where he will spend the night.

– “Very confident” –

At 55 days from the predicted Brexit date, Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU, has ruled that the possibility of a compromise with London over an orderly exit from the United Kingdom ‘Union’ now does not seem possible.

“We do not know what is going on there, it seems quite obvious that we will not reach a Brexit agreement,” Antti Rinne told reporters after a meeting with the new President of the European Parliament David Sassoli. Helsinki.

“I am very confident to get an agreement at the European summit,” said Boris Johnson during his visit to Scotland, a province which, unlike the rest of the country, voted in favor of maintaining the EU in the 2016 referendum.

A European summit – which could be the last chance for London to conclude an agreement with the Union – is scheduled for 17-18 October in Brussels.

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