LONDON, Oct. 19 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The British Parliament has approved by 322 votes in favor against 306 against the Letwin Amendment, which paralyzes the final vote on the Brexit agreement by imposing prior approval of relevant legislation upon leaving the country of the European Union, in a decision that places the country's prime minister, Boris Johnson, who has refused to take the next step required in principle by law: request a postponement of the EU's exit.
Sources from the British ITV network had confirmed this morning that the amendment enjoyed significant support among several parliamentary groups as a final measure of contention in the face of a defeat in the Brexit plan chamber, which would lead the country to a chaotic exit from the Union European
The British Prime Minister, however, and after the vote, has guaranteed that this stoppage will not result in a postponement of the country's departure, scheduled for October 31, and has pledged to present the relevant legislation next week.
However, before Johnson the problem arises that, in principle, it is under the legal obligation to request a three-month extension to Article 50 – the legal basis of the EU exit protocol – before this midnight (time Spanish peninsular).
Instead, Johnson has given the House of Commons deadline until Monday to reconsider his decision, the day the prime minister plans to hand over legislation allowing him to comply with the amendment.
“I am not going to negotiate a postponement with the European Union nor does the law force me to do so,” Johnson said.
“I will tell our friends and colleagues in the European Union exactly the same thing I have been saying during the 88 days that I have been serving as prime minister: that a new postponement would be bad for this country, for the European Union and bad for democracy” , has asserted.
Immediately afterwards, the leader of the Labor opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has warned Johnson that he could be committing an illegality by refusing to ask for the postponement recommended by the so-called Benn Law, and has demanded that he comply with current regulations.
The president of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has called for calm to the deputies and wait for the events of the next hours to develop.