Boris Johnson defiant after British parliament votes to force Brexit delay

Boris Johnson defiant after British parliament votes to force Brexit delay”

"Today can be the day we get Brexit done".

Johnson took office in July after his predecessor Theresa May failed three times to get her own divorce deal through parliament.

"This deal means there is no need for any kind of prolongation", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said.

"It's actually a really right-wing deal".

Businesses and markets on both sides of the Channel fear a disorderly exit, and European Union leaders have twice delayed Brexit already to avoid such an outcome. "This is them getting this kind of [Margaret] Thatcher-plus, deregulated economy that really will undo an bad lot of the things that Labour people believe in, and that's why I think it's disappointing if any Labour MP votes for this", Mr Campbell said.

"I am not daunted or dismay by this particular result", he told MPs. I hope it get defeated. "They have had three and a half years of this debate".

The EU's budget commissioner, Guenther Oettinger, was quoted Saturday as telling Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper that if British lawmakers reject Johnson's deal, the likely to crash out of the bloc with no deal.

Lawmakers will first vote on whether to withhold approval until legislation to implement the agreement has been passed.

If he wins the vote, Johnson will have successfully fulfilled his campaign pledge to deliver Brexit to the British people.

Should he fail, Johnson will face the humiliation of Brexit unraveling after repeatedly promising that he would get it done - "do or die" - by October 31. The government would then seek to hold a vote on the deal on Tuesday, officials said.

But he may not get the vote he craves.

During the debate, Mr. Johnson offered an impassioned plea for MPs to back the agreement.

The EU must approve any delay to the existing withdrawal date, now less than two weeks away.

Johnson won the top job by staking his career on getting Brexit done by the latest deadline of October 31 after his predecessor, Theresa May, was forced to delay the departure date.

Johnson could be forced out of office if the deal is rejected or delayed.

To win, Johnson must persuade enough Brexit-supporting rebels in both his Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party to back his deal. Opposition parties and a key parliamentary party in Northern Ireland are expected to vote against it.

And he must navigate a legislative jungle that his opponents are trying to booby trap with amendments that could wreck his path to Brexit.

Supporters of the amendment that passed, put forward by independent (and former Tory) MP Oliver Letwin, said it will remove the risk that the United Kingdom could still fall out of the bloc by mistake if there was a problem getting through Parliament the formal legislation needed to implement the deal. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said he would first allow a vote on an amendment that essentially puts the vote on the deal off until another day.

As lawmakers debated the measure, thousands of mostly anti-Brexit protesters marched through the streets of London.

His new Brexit deal already faced opposition from Northern Ireland on Thursday.

The vote is widely seen as too close to call but Johnson warned his deal was still the best way out of the tortuous Brexit process that has left Britain in political turmoil since a 2016 referendum.

Even though Johnson believes this can be achieved by October 31, others think it would need a short "technical" delay. In fact, even if Parliament approves the deal and Britain leaves the European Union at the end of this month from a legal perspective, the process of Brexit does not end there.

"Boris Johnson's sell-out deal risks triggering a race to the bottom on rights and protections: putting food safety at risk, cutting environmental standards and workers' rights, and opening up our NHS (National Health Service) to a takeover by U.S. corporations", said Corbyn.

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