Johnson pauses parliamentary processing while waiting for the EU to pronounce
LONDON, 22 (EUROPE PRESS)
The House of Commons has rejected on Tuesday the calendar proposed by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, for the parliamentary process of the Brexit agreement, which implies a delay of the deadlines that could exceed the deadline, October 31, addressing to a chaotic break.
The deputies have rejected by 322 votes against and 308 in favor – a difference of 14 – the 'road map' of the Government, which involved ventilating parliamentary procedures on the Brexit agreement in three days, so that on Thursday It could be approved.
The Labor and the Democratic Unionist Parties (DUP) of Northern Ireland had already advanced that they would vote against considering that this accelerated approval is an “abuse” of Westminster.
“Today, the House of Commons has refused to be pushed to discuss an enormously significant bill without just time,” said Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn has pointed to Johnson as “the author of his own misfortune” and has offered to “work together to agree on a reasonable timetable.” “I suspect that the House of Commons will vote to debate it. That would be the sensible path,” he added.
For its part, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson, has urged Johnson to ask the EU for a new extension to prevent October 31 from arriving without an approved agreement. “Leave the risk policy calculated,” he urged.
WAITING FOR THE EU
Johnson, meanwhile, has announced that the Government suspends parliamentary processing on Brexit while waiting for the EU to respond to the decision taken by Westminster.
“Now, the European Union must think how to respond to Parliament's request for an extension. The Government must take the only responsible path and accelerate our preparations for an exit without agreement. Until the EU makes a decision, we will suspend this legislation,” has said.
The Tenant of Downing Street has reproached the House of Commons that “he voted for a delay instead of a calendar that would have guaranteed that the United Kingdom leaves the EU on October 31 with an agreement.” We are now facing a greater uncertainty, “he lamented.
The paradox is that this setback to the Government has come just a few minutes after he achieved his first victory in Parliament on his 'road map' for Brexit.
The deputies have approved in the same session, with 329 votes in favor and 299 against, the bill on the Brexit agreement, thus allowing progress in the parliamentary process.
Johnson and the EU reached an agreement last week to amend the text negotiated by the previous Government of Theresa May only in relation to the safeguard so that Brexit does not bring back a hard border in the Ulster.
The new agreement must be approved by the British Parliament – which rejected May's version up to three times – and by the European Chamber, which has already advanced that will not move token until Westminster gives its approval.
Johnson, who came to office last July with the promise of working on Brexit on October 31 with or without agreement, has remained firm in his position. “I will not allow in any way that we spend more months with this,” he warned Tuesday, before the vote.
For the president of the House of Commons, John Bercow, the technical term to describe the current parliamentary situation of the Brexit agreement is “limbo.”