Parliament is now suspended until October 14 and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has emphatically stated he’d “rather be dead in a ditch” than delay Brexit. However, British MPs backed a law demanding that the UK’s exit from the European Union be delayed unless Parliament has either approved a deal or consented by October 19. Thanks to this bill, “if the EU agrees to an extension, Johnson legally has to agree to it,” Maddy Thimont Jack, a senior researcher at the Institute for Government, told Euronews. Johnson yesterday lost yet another major vote in Parliament over a bid to call an early election, leaving many to question where this leaves the whole Brexit process. Does this mean there won’t be an election? Yes… for the moment. With Parliament suspended, assuming convention that elections be held on a Thursday, the earliest date to go to the polls is November 21. While opposition parties have been blocking Johnson’s attempts to call an election to be sure the Brexit deadline is delayed in order to avoid a no-deal, but if their efforts come to fruition by October 19, they will almost certainly agree to one soon after. Could Johnson get out of asking for… Read full this story
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