British MEPs postpone their decision on the Brexit agreement

British MEPs postpone their decision on the Brexit agreement

Despite this vote, Boris Johnson reiterated his determination to get his country out of the EU at all costs on 31 October.

British MEPs decided on Saturday 19 October to postpone their decision on the Brexit agreement between London and Brussels, which will force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask Europeans to postpone the divorce again.

The deputies approved by 322 votes (306 against) an amendment suspending any green light from Parliament to the adoption of a law implementing the agreement.

 

In the absence of a formally approved agreement, this text de facto triggers an existing law that obliges Boris Johnson to ask the EU to postpone the Brexit for three months in the event of a “no deal”… without burying the hard-won agreement in Brussels.

For his supporters, he aims to give more time to MPs to debate the agreement in detail without risking a no deal on October 31 if they have not finished.

Despite this vote, Boris Johnson reiterated his determination to get his country out of the EU at all costs on 31 October.

“I will not negotiate a postponement with the EU,” he said after the setback in Parliament. He regretted that the historic vote on his divorce agreement with Brussels on Saturday was now “meaningless”.

He called on the 27 member countries, whose unanimous endorsement is required, not to let themselves be “attracted” by a postponement. It is up to London to give us the way forward “as soon as possible”, the European Commission reacted.

Inflexible, Boris Johnson assured that he would present to Parliament “next week” the legislation necessary to implement Brexit.

 

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