MADRID, Oct. 19 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The British Parliament is already preparing for its first Saturday session since the beginning of the 21st century to decide the final destination of the European Union exit agreement agreed by the country's prime minister, Boris Johnson, and the Brussels authorities.
Johnson begins the day in search of crucial votes to get the 320 necessary supports that validate an agreement very similar to the one that his predecessor Theresa May saw rejected in the Commons. The European bloc demanded to transfer to a legally binding text a credible alternative, feasible and with the same guarantees to accept a change, which finally replaces the Irish safeguard with another model that avoids customs controls at the land border.
The EU, with the approval of Dublin, has renounced that the modified safety net will be unlimited in time and has introduced the principle of consent, whereby when the four years of the protocol are completed, the Northern Ireland Assembly may decide by simple majority if extended or not.
The session, which will begin at 10.30 – Spanish peninsular time – will begin with an appearance by the Prime Minister, where he will explain the main lines of his plan and transfer his approval expectations to the rest of the chamber.
Next, the debate on the amendments will begin, the aspect that could delay the final vote until the early hours of the night, since they cover a wide spectrum of options: from the revocation of article 50 that serves as a basis for Brexit until the postponement of the vote to January 2020 to hold early elections.
These include the amendment proposed by former Conservative Deputy Oliver Letwin, who has recommended that the decision be postponed until all national legislation linked to an EU exit is approved. This proposal enjoys the support of several groups. If the president of the Parliament, John Bercow, in charge of selecting the proposals, chooses it and wins by vote, the vote on Brexit would be suspended.
The Prime Minister awaits a long day to reach these 320 votes – to compare, the best result in voting in favor of an agreement, that of last March, resulted in only 286 support – knowing that the ten deputies of the The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland has already advanced that it will not support the motion to understand that what was agreed is contrary to the Good Friday Agreements that ended the conflict in Northern Ireland and that it is not beneficial for the North Irish.
To this refusal are those of the Scottish nationalists, the Liberal Democrats, Welsh, independents and the Green Party, and less than twenty of the 245 Labor deputies in the opposition, led by Jeremy Corbyn, who asks for a citizen vote, have shown themselves favorable to the Johnson agreement.
Johnson has made a final attempt this Friday to obtain support for the vote by promising that, once the agreement is approved, Westminster will have a say in the negotiations on the future relationship with the European Union (EU).
“The United Kingdom has a long and proud tradition of leading the way in workers' rights and environmental protections, where there have always been high standards,” said a spokesman for Downing Street.
“We recognize that parliamentarians want to see that these rights, which it cost to obtain, are not weakened by our departure from the EU, and we are happy to guarantee that this is the case,” he said.
Thus, he stressed that the Executive has promised a parliamentary vote on the ministerial statement on the objectives of future negotiations with the EU, as reported by the British newspaper 'The Daily Mail'.
This same Saturday, the British minister for Brexit, Stephen Barclay, has again shown a conciliatory side by suggesting that Johnson will comply with the law if, for whatever reason, an extension of the limit period is necessary to activate the exit of the EU beyond October 31. But it has guaranteed, however, that in no case does it intend for the transition process to extend beyond the date of December 2020.