Brexit Deadline in Limbo After Parliament Rejects Timetable

By Anna Breuer on 22 October 2019
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DSC_0018 (1)In a stunning rebuke to the prime minister, U.K. lawmakers on Tuesday voted down a measure that would have compressed the debate to the latest withdrawal deal.

While members of Parliament passed the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on its second reading, they refused to put legislation for this on a fast track, making it unlikely that Prime Minister Johnson would meet his deadline of leaving the bloc by October 31.

European Council President Donald Tusk said Tuesday night on Twitter that he will recommend the European Union accepts the Britain’s request for an extension to the Brexit deadline.

“In order to avoid a no-deal Brexit, I will recommend the EU27 accept the UK request for an extension,” he said on Twitter.

The move by Parliament may mean that the question of Brexit may be decided by either a second referendum or by a general election.

Meanwhile, it is now up to the rest of the bloc to decide whether the October 31 deadline should be postponed to the end of January.  Johnson was forced to request the extension on Saturday by British lawmakers.

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