Published: Mon, October 21, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

German official: European Union decision on Brexit extension days away

German official: European Union decision on Brexit extension days away

The government could today seek to hold a so-called "meaningful vote" on the accord struck with European Union leaders last week, but Commons Speaker John Bercow is expected to rule against this.

And the weekend's events put the future of Brexit in doubt just as European Union leaders thought the saga had ended with last week's new deal on the Irish customs accord.

"But we will supply the court with a transcript from the Inner House hearing". "Why hasn't Parliament pushed this through?"

He added: "The advantage of the deal is that it deals with some of the legitimate concerns about a no-deal Brexit".

Johnson has previously said he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than miss the October 31 deadline and had triggered speculation soon after the House of Commons vote by declaring that he would not negotiate an extension. "He's confounded the doubters".

He said: "This deal presents a unique opportunity to resolve this most intractable issue and to move on and bring our country together again".

"And I think some clarity from Westminster on that, would be very helpful". "We must leave by October 31st".

Johnson's defeat in the British parliament over the sequencing of the ratification of his deal exposed the PM to a law passed by his opponents demanding he request a delay until January 31.

"Is it more time to ratify the deal, or is it for something else?"

"As a result of that vote we can't guarantee that any extension will be granted and therefore it is my". "We have the means and the ability to do so".

Gove said the risk of no deal had increased and the government would step up preparations for it, including triggering its "Operation Yellowhammer" contingency plans.

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The Letwin amendment effectively prevents the United Kingdom leaving without a deal.

The Brexit maelstrom has spun wildly in the past week between the possibility of an orderly exit on October 31 with a deal that Johnson struck on Thursday and a delay after he was forced to ask for an extension on Saturday.

Sir Oliver described his amendment as an insurance policy and insisted he would now be backing the government's deal.

Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said the party would put forward amendments to Johnson's Brexit legislation, particularly aimed at closing the "trap door" to a no-deal Brexit kicking in at the end of a transition period in December 2020. "I will support it, I will vote for it", Letwin told BBC television. The "Letwin amendment" passed with a slim majority of 322 votes to 306.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell accused Mr Johnson of "behaving a bit like a spoilt brat" in the way he had communicated with Brussels over the extension request.

The government is expected to introduce legislation implementing the deal as early as Monday with a vote coming on Tuesday. "October 31 is within sight", Mr Gove said.

"The problem that we've got is this has become quite a fundamental choice about the future of our economy".

"The point is that for people like me, vast areas of that withdrawal agreement are unchanged, and we are going to have to choke down our pride and vote in the national interests to get Brexit done, and that's what we're going to be doing".

Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne says Sunday that "Finland, along with other European Union nations, attaches great importance to the approval of the departure agreement negotiated with Britain". The ambassadors will meet later this week to continue their discussions.

Former interior minister Amber Rudd said the same, meaning Johnson is just a few votes short.

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