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Lords pass the bill opposing no-deal Brexit



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On Friday, Britain’s House of Lords passed the bill preventing the exit of the country from the European Union without a withdrawal agreement. The upper house’s decision caused another blow to UK prime minister, Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan, amid series of resignation from Tories, including his younger brother Jo Johnson.

The bill which already won the majority vote in the House of Commons would become law on Monday, once it gets graced by royal assent, which is more of a formality.

Friday did not seem to be a great day for Johnson as he faced another defeat over his snap election proposal for the second time, undermining his ‘do or die’ Brexit plans.

Johnson said that Britain must exit the 27-nation bloc on the scheduled date of October 31. In his opinion holding an early election in mid-October was the only solution to resolve Brexit impasse.  After the Friday discussion, Labour MPs and Conservative rebels rejected the idea of early election. The lower house majority voice echoed that snap election would be held only if the prime minister urged the EU to delay Brexit in case of no-deal. The deadline of communicating the ‘no-no-deal Brexit’ to EU is October 19.

Johnson remained stern on his stand of divorcing the bloc on the scheduled date. He said that he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than demand for an extension. He said that he would not obey the new legislation, pressurising him to write to EU for a ‘pointless’ Brexit delay.

Johnson said, “We’ve spent a long time trying to sort of fudge this thing and I think the British public really want us to get out. They don’t want more dither and delay,”

He remained optimistic of getting a deal out of the Union, during the next EU summit on 17 October. Johnson said: “By powers of persuasion. Because there’s absolutely no doubt we should come out … It’s a pointless delay.”

The bill, soon-to-be law, has closed all possibilities for Johnson to proceed with Brexit without an agreement. But the bill did not define, what will happen if Johnson refuses to abide by the law and seek an extension. It is crucial for the opposing MPs that Parliament sits next month, to make sure the new law is not brushed aside, in case of no-deal.


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