Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

European Union states meet to discuss the status of Brexit

European Union states meet to discuss the status of Brexit

It took place as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets requesting a "people's vote"-effectively a second referendum on whether Britain will remain a part of the EU".

"While it is open to the European Council to accede to the request mandated by Parliament or to offer an alternative extension period, I have made clear since becoming Prime Minister, and made clear to Parliament again today, my view, and the government's position, that a further extension would damage the interests of the United Kingdom and our EU partners, and the relationship between us", Johnson wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk. However, it later became known that Boris Johnson had sent an unsigned photocopy of the request.

"It now looks unlikely that we will" leave by Halloween, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage told "FOX & Friends" Sunday.

MPs voted 322 to 306 in favour of the amendment, withholding approval of the Brexit deal until legislation to implement it is enshrined in law, to the delight of Remainers and cheering protesters outside Parliament.

First, a brief cover note from Britain's European Union envoy explaining that the government was simply complying with the law; second, an unsigned copy of the text that the law, known as the Benn Act, forced him to write; and a third letter in which Johnson said he did not want an extension.

Johnson is also reported to have spoken privately to key European Union figures on Saturday to make the same point, as he tries to buy extra time to force his deal through Westminster before the planned Brexit day on 31 October.

"I think it's a shame that here in the heart of Westminster, the beacon of democracy the world over, is now looking more shaky than it ever could do", he said.

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

In a day of high drama in the House of Commons, MPs declined to give their backing to the revised withdrawal agreement Mr Johnson struck with the European Union this week until the legislation needed to ratify it has passed.

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MPs could still vote and approve Johnson's Brexit agreement on Monday, if Commons speaker John Bercow allows it.

"That letter was sent because parliament required it to be sent ... but parliament can't change the prime minister's mind, parliament can't change the government's policy or determination".

Earlier, Mr Johnson rang European leaders, including Mr Tusk, to insist that the letter "is Parliament's letter, not my letter". The PM managed to win support for his deal from MPs from his Conservative Party and the Labour Party. "I will support it, I will vote for it", Letwin told BBC television.

"I wish the House to know that I am not daunted or dismayed by this particular result", said Johnson.

The Prime Minister said he would press on with his Brexit strategy "undaunted" despite the setback. The law is very clear he should have signed one letter ... Asked on BBC Breakfast whether the PM's move was "childish, Conservative Brexiteer MP Nigel Evans said: "Well he was going to be criticised if he didn't send the letter, because it would have been against the law".

Carloway postponed a ruling at the first hearing of this case on 9 October, in part because the government's lawyers made "detailed and specific" statements to uphold the law on Johnson's behalf.

Scotland's highest court is due to consider on Monday a legal challenge that had sought to force Johnson to comply with the Benn Act. "I would have to accept that the court will be able to deal with that one way or another", he said.

Starmer also said an election was inevitable.

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