UKP Brexit Delay Amendment

UKP Brexit Delay Amendment

On 19 October 2019 UKP voted to withhold approval of Boris Johnson's deal.

UK PM Deal Defeat

  • UKP voted to amend UK GVT's motion on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal to withhold parliamentary consent until the withdrawal legislation had completed its passage.
  • Amendment was designed to close a loophole in the Benn Act, which could have resulted in a no deal if MPs backed PM's deal but then failed to pass the law in time.
  • The defeat meant the PM was legally required to send extension request to the EU.

Extension Request

  • Boris Johnson subsequently sent an unsigned letter to the EU Council in form required.
  • But an accompanying signed letter made clear his belief that any delay was a mistake.
  • EU Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that he had received the extension request.
  • Would now consult other European Union leaders on the appropriate response to it.
  • Was reported that PM rang EU leaders to say that the letter was Parliament's not his.

Meaningful Vote

  • UK GVT said government will press on with efforts to pass the revised Brexit deal agreed with EU leaders last week into law; PM is confident of doing so by 31 October.
  • Nevertheless, Labour says it will seek to amend the bill in order to to add additional measures/protections on issues like workers' rights and environmental protections.
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the House of Commons, said the government planed to hold meaningful vote on Oct. 21, 2019, although Speaker John Bercow must approve.