Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

British MPs do not assent to Brexit deal

British MPs do not assent to Brexit deal

The amendment was put forward by a former cabinet minister, Oliver Letwin, who said it's simply an "insurance policy" to prevent a no-deal by withholding approval of the deal until legislation to enact it is passed.

Jeremy Corbyn cautioned Mr Johnson to "think very carefully" about his remarks, saying the prime minister is now legally obliged to seek an extension.

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Twitter he favours a delay: "Poland welcomes today's House of Commons vote not as a rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement but as postponement of its acceptance".

Guto Beeb MP for Aberconwy 52.2% Leave (left).

UK Secretary of State, Stephen Barclay, had earlier urged Mr Letwin to reconsider the amendment.

Lord Pannick denied the suggestion he had been in contact with Sir Oliver from Downing Street or at all on Friday, but confirmed he had aided the rebel with his drafting of the amendment from a legal perspective. He defended his right to do so as he is not involved in any current Brexit legislation.

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Last night a senior Tory said: 'This isn't Letwin's amendment, it's Pannick's amendment. Pannick is the organ grinder - Letwin's just the useful idiot'.

Less than ten Labour Party MPs will back the British government on Saturday when the parliament votes on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, BBC political correspondent Nick Eardley said in a tweet here citing senior Labour sources.

Effigies of the Prime Minister have been held aloft by protesters at the demonstration, with some accompanied by their pets draped in European Union flags, on the People's Vote march to Westminster.

Prominent Brexiteer Mark Francois, speaking to reporters before attending a meeting at Downing Street, said he had "concerns" about the deal and that he was "undecided" over whether to give it his support.

Ronnie Campbell, Labour MP for Blyth in Northumberland, has already confirmed that he plans to back the divorce proposals and told Radio 4's World At One that as many as 11 others could join him.

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