Published: Tue, October 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

German minister urges United Kingdom to find Brexit solution

German minister urges United Kingdom to find Brexit solution

United Kingdom prime minister Boris Johnson is launching another last-ditch bid to push through Brexit legislation before the 31 October deadline.

In comments that will only further antagonise the DUP, Tusk added: "Prime Minister Johnson's acceptance to have customs checks at the points of entry into Northern Ireland will allow us to avoid border checks between Ireland and Northern Ireland and will ensure the integrity of the single market".

The UK, in fact, sent three letters.

In Westminster, MPs are to vote on whether to back Johnson's 110-page withdrawal agreement bill, which enshrines the Brexit deal into domestic law and which was published on Monday. The Government put forward a reasonable compromise, based on the key principles of consent for the people of Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom leaving the EU Customs Union whole and entire, which was agreed at European Council last week.

Tusk said the deal struck had been possible due to Johnson's acceptance of a border being drawn in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom, a concession that has lost the government the support of the Democratic Unionist party.

In another set back for Boris Johnson's Brexit plans, the Speaker of the House of Commons, has rejected a government bid, to hold a vote on the Prime Minister's proposals for leaving the European Union.

Others are calling for a referendum on the deal.

Looking forward to today's vote, Mr Johnson last night said: "We have negotiated a new deal so that we can leave without disruption and provide a framework for a new relationship based on free trade and friendly cooperation".

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Lawmakers decided at their first Saturday session since the 1982 Falklands War to force Johnson to ask Brussels to postpone the October 31 cutoff date by three months.

Member of the ruling Conservative Party, Brexit minister for Exiting the European Union Stephen Barclay responds to a question in the House of Commons in London, October 21, 2019. "If an extension of a few weeks is needed, I'd have no problem with that".

He said an extension would not be lengthy without good reason, such as a general election, and may only be granted as late as the day of Britain's scheduled departure to ramp up pressure on MPs to back a deal.

Echoing Maas's comments, Germany's Economy Minister Peter Altmaier also said he could envisage a delay.

Success in parliament Tuesday would revive Johnson's chances of getting his October 31 divorce.

Leaders of the 27 states that will make up the European Union once Britain leaves are unlikely to deny the extension request.

Opponents feel that sending the second letter was done specifically to frustrate the will of Parliament, which has not approved Johnson's Brexit plan but does want a Brexit deal.

She added: "Our legal team are instructed to remind the court that as well as promising to comply with the letter of the Benn Act, the PM also promised not to seek to frustrate the objective of the legislation". The formal granting or denial of an extension by the bloc may not be made until the Brexit deadline is just a few days away, but most signs indicate the European Union would prefer an extension to an abrupt United Kingdom departure from the bloc without a deal in place.

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