UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he was not afraid of attempts by lawmakers to block an exit from the European Union without a deal, paving the way for a showdown with parliament after it passed legislation requiring it to delay the exit unless a new deal was reached.
Johnson is due to suspend parliament for more than a month from Monday after voting on his latest request for new elections, a vote likely to be unfavorable.
Johnson had called for the parliament to be suspended last month in a move opponents called an attempt to marginalize lawmakers as he tries to get the country out of the European Union by October 31 with or without agreement.
The issue of Brexit, Britain’s most important geopolitical move in decades, remains in doubt after more than three years of the 2016 referendum, with the outcome likely to range from an exit without agreement to abandoning the whole process.
Johnson is a former journalist who has been critical of the EU and later became the leading face of the campaign that backed the exit in the 2016 referendum. He has repeatedly vowed to complete the exit on October 31 and says he will not support any delay. Johnson wants early elections to break the impasse.
A coalition of opposition lawmakers and defectors from Johnson’s Conservative Party has won both chambers of parliament’s approval of a bill ordering the prime minister to postpone exit until 2020 unless a new agreement is reached with the European Union. The bill was ratified by Queen Elizabeth on Monday.
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