Brexit: Updates

British PM Boris Johnson has repeatedly pledged to take the UK out of the EU by October 31 [Filip Singer/EPA]

British PM Boris Johnson has repeatedly pledged to take the UK out of the EU by October 31 [Filip Singer/EPA]

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in the midst of a major parliamentary showdown over his bid to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union by an October 31 deadline, with or without a deal.

Rebel and opposition MPs voted on Wednesday in favour of a bill that could force the prime minister to request a Brexit delay until January 31, 2020.

Reacting to the move, Johnson immediately pushed for a snap general election on October 15, arguing MPs had voted to “scupper any serious negotiations” with the EU. His bid for a new poll was blocked by legislators, however.

The unfolding Brexit drama comes in the run-up to a controversial weeks-long suspension of parliament from mid-September until mid-October.

Here are all the latest updates:

Monday, September 9

Johnson: I want to find a Brexit deal

British prime minister said on Monday he wanted to find a Brexit deal with the EU, but also stressed that his country should come out of the bloc on October 31.

Speaking at a news conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Johnson added that no deal was still an option.

“I have looked carefully at no-deal – of course we could do it and get through it, but it would be a failure of statecraft,” he said.

“A deal can be done by October 18, let’s do it together,” he also said.

Johnson seeks snap poll again as Brexit delay bill to become law

British prime minister will try for a second time on Monday to call a snap election, but is set to be thwarted once more by opposition MPs who want to ensure he cannot take Britain out of the EU without a divorce agreement.

With no majority in parliament, which is determined to prevent what many businesses fear would be a calamitous way to quit the EU, Johnson seeks an election to keep his promise of leaving by October 31 in any case.

Johnson’s attempt is also linked to his goal to kill a bill due to become law on Monday. It would force him to seek a three-month extension to that deadline unless parliament has either approved a deal or consented by October 19 to leave without one.

Decision to go for elections would require the support of two-thirds of MPs – and opposition parties have said they will not agree to an election until a ‘no-deal’ exit is ruled out.

UK parliament to ask for emergency Brexit debate on Monday – ITV

British opposition MPs are due to request an emergency debate in parliament on Monday to try and force the government to publish a no-deal Brexit planning document and make Johnson adhere to law an ITV correspondent said.

The correspondent said on Twitter he understood the MPs had agreed to their action late on Sunday. Al Jazeera could not immediately confirm that.

Opposition MPs are increasingly concerned that Johnson will try to ignore a bill, due to be signed into law on Monday, to force him to request a Brexit delay if parliament has not agreed to a deal or to leave the EU without an agreement by October 19.

They are keen to see a document detailing the government’s impact assessment of a so-called no-deal Brexit.

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