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

UK PM Johnson expresses confidence parliament will back his Brexit deal

UK PM Johnson expresses confidence parliament will back his Brexit deal

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared the deal "takes back control" and allows his government to focus on the nation's other political priorities after more than three torturous years dominated by the result of the Brexit referendum.

The leader of Britain's pro-Europe Liberal Democrats said the party is determined to halt the Brexit process despite the new divorce deal brokered by London and Brussels.

"We will continue to work with the government to try and get a sensible deal that works for Northern Ireland and protects the economic and constitutional integrity of the UK".

He now faces an opponent closer to home: his own Parliament.

But the hardline, protestant, and pro-British Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - the largest political formation in the region - posted a statement: "As things stand, we could not support what is being suggested on customs and consent issues and there is a lack of clarity on Value-Added Tax".

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker earlier ruled out another extension for the British, upping the pressure on lawmakers to back the agreement.

Johnson has no majority in the 650-seat parliament, and in practice needs at least 318 votes to get a deal ratified.

However, Gloria de Piero, the Labour MP for Ashford, said: "Like the majority of the United Kingdom (and in line with the Labour manifesto I was elected on) I want to leave the European Union with a deal".

Johnson won the top job by staking his career on getting Brexit done by the latest deadline of October 31 after his predecessor, Theresa May, was forced to delay the departure date.

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar told the press conference that he had mixed feelings towards the end of negotiations.

Asked what happens if UK MPs vote down the new agreement on Saturday, Junker simply replied: "I'm not in charge of Westminster".

"We are a quintessential European country, solid European friends, neighbours and supporters".

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However, price erased its gains and dropped to 108.46 in NY afternoon due partly to falling USA yields. In a note, Deutsche Bank saw a 55% chance that Johnson's deal would not be ratified on Saturday.

He said he has "mixed feelings" now that the deal has been approved.

Arrangements for the United Kingdom province of Northern Ireland were the trickiest part of the new deal, and the core of what has changed since last year's withdrawal agreement, which was rejected by British MPs.

MPs are expected to hold a meaningful debate on the deal on Saturday after MPs on Thursday approved a motion to hold the first weekend sitting of Parliament in 37 years.

The latest agreement needs to be approved by the House of Commons and 27 parliaments of European Union member-states before the scheduled Brexit date of October 31.

The default legal position is that Britain leaves the European Union on October 31 unless it asks to delay, and the other 27 member states agree. Then prime minister David Cameron, who called the referendum, resigned immediately.

The new deal sees the removal of the controversial backstop.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday (local time) that he wants "to believe that a deal is being finalised".

The Brexit Party leader blasted the compromise hammered out by the PM with Brussels and claimed it would be thrown out by MPs. Officials have been running the administration in the absence of ministers since power-sharing arrangements between Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party collapsed.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has also distanced himself from the new deal, saying he would prefer a delay followed by a general election.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, who has campaigned for a "clean break Brexit", criticised Mr Juncker's comments, saying that "overriding" the Benn Act showed the European Union to be a "thuggocracy".

"Theresa May's deal would have ended up in a softer arrangement than just a free trade agreement", Alex Stojanovic of the Institute for Government said. The party does not support Brexit in any form and has used it as a tool to push for Scottish independence.

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