Published: Sat, October 19, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Brexit day of reckoning: parliament to vote on Johnson's deal

Brexit day of reckoning: parliament to vote on Johnson's deal

Varadkar could try to capitalise on what is likely to be hailed in Ireland as a diplomatic success if British lawmakers today ratify the Brexit deal reached with the European Union and leave by the end of October, the four members said.

Parliament will sit from 0830 GMT on Saturday Oct. 19 - the first time since April 3, 1982 when it discussed the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands.

In his speech, Johnson said he hopes that a vote will be able to take place.

Former Tory minister Oliver Letwin and Labour MP Hilary Benn have put down an amendment to Johnson's motion which would withhold approval for the Brexit deal until the bill that implements it is law. He didn't explain how.

"There have been any number of false dawns". And he only has one day in which to do it, before a historic sitting on Saturday in which the next phase of Brexit will be decided.

Securing a deal was a personal victory for Johnson, a "Vote Leave" leader in the referendum campaign who has vowed to deliver Brexit on 31 October in all circumstances.

His predecessor Theresa May's exit plan was defeated three times by unprecedented margins in parliament.

They fear is that even if MPs approve the deal, they will not have enough time to debate the formal withdrawal agreement before the deadline, which could see no-deal Brexit by accident.

"Today we MPs (Members of Parliament) have the chance to free you from the never-ending Brexit saga and move this country forward", Johnson wrote.

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Obviously that is evidence he has great faith in me and wants to push me towards the first team. But I am concerned for the players.


The government is hopeful that the majority of the 21 rebel MPs will vote for the deal as a possible first step to them rejoining the Conservative party.

Opposition parties and Johnson's own Northern Irish allies have rejected the text but the Prime Minister and his team have spent the past 48-hours frantically trying to win MPs' support.

In a boost for Johnson, some influential hardline Brexit supporters such as Mark Francois and Iain Duncan Smith said they would support the deal.

Letwin won't know until Saturday morning if his amendment has been selected for debate by Speaker John Bercow.

Now, Johnson faces the fight of his political life to raise support for the deal in Parliament.

That would be a major setback that would leave Brexit, yet again, up in the air as hundreds of thousands of protesters rally outside the 800-year-old parliament in central London to demand another referendum.

Even though Johnson believes this can be achieved by October 31, others think it would need a short "technical" delay.

If Johnson loses a vote on a deal and does not get approval for no deal by Saturday, he is required by law to write a letter to the European Union requesting more negotiating time, delaying Brexit until January 31, 2020.

"Boris Johnson's sell-out deal risks triggering a race to the bottom on rights and protections: putting food safety at risk, cutting environmental standards and workers' rights, and opening up our NHS (National Health Service) to a takeover by United States corporations", said Corbyn.

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