UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened on Tuesday to withdraw the Brexit deal from parliament and demand early legislative elections if lawmakers refuse to set a timetable for the text to pass quickly, making it difficult to ratify it by October 31.
“If parliament refuses to allow Britain out of the EU and decides to postpone everything to January or even later,” he told the House of Commons, “the text will have to be withdrawn and go to early elections.”
Lawmakers are due to vote on Tuesday night on procedural decisions on the text of the 110-page agreement to be voted on by Thursday evening.
Opponents accuse the prime minister of trying to pass the law through the House of Commons and the House of Lords to avoid scrutinizing the controversial deal.
“Avoiding accountability, scrutiny and any kind of decent debate is actually an abuse of parliament and a shameful attempt,” Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labor Party, said, urging fellow MPs to vote against Brexit.
Since returning from Brussels with a hard-negotiated withdrawal agreement with the 27 countries, the conservative prime minister has been in danger of thwarting his projects by lawmakers unwilling to pursue the approach he is trying to impose on them to avoid secession without an agreement nine days before the departure date or postponement.
While Johnson had hoped to ratify the Brexit agreement in the House of Commons on Saturday, lawmakers postponed the decision and forced him to ask Brussels for a three-month delay. Johnson also hopes to avoid delays.
Parliament’s approval of the exit deal is subject to the adoption of a technical law necessary to implement Brexit, a more complex process.
The government wants the Brexit agreement to be adopted quickly, hoping to conclude on Thursday. The short deadline to vote on a 110-page bill (as well as longer explanatory notes) angered lawmakers and the vote seems elusive.
Tuesday’s positive vote will mark clear progress towards an orderly exit at the end of this month, but the legislative track is still full of obstacles in the coming days.
If the vote is negative on Tuesday, the chances of a final adoption of the law before the end of the month will diminish, boosting the likelihood of a “no deal” exit after more than a week.
This is likely to lead to border chaos and shortages of food and medicine, which could encourage Europeans to give London a delay that could allow the current crisis to be resolved by early elections.
“I hope that parliament will vote today to regain control, so that he himself, the British people and the country can focus” on issues such as the “cost of living” and the health and environmental conservation system, Johnson said.
He said the British “do not want a postponement. The Europeans as well as me.”
– “False choice” –
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday morning to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, regretted the planned exit of Britain from the Union.
“At least we can say that we have done everything we can to ensure that this exit is organized,” he said.
The European Parliament will be the last body to vote on the Brexit agreement, as European MPs will wait for British MPs to vote on the withdrawal text.
If everything is ready in London, the European Parliament will hold an extraordinary session next week in Brussels, a spokesman said.
But in Westminster, the opposition is willing to introduce amendments that would radically change the exit deal, if adopted. An amendment prepared by the Labor Party provides for the establishment of a customs union with the European Union and another amendment proposes a new referendum.
Labor MP John McDonnell, in charge of economic issues in the Labor Party, said in an interview published in the Daily Mirror that workers would “seize every opportunity” to “safeguard workers’ rights, protect our economy and ensure that the people will have the final say.”
He added that the deputies “have the opportunity to reject the false choice between the bad Boris Johnson agreement or come out without an agreement or support an agreement that suits everyone.”
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