Brexit Update: Parliament Votes For Extension and Against New Elections

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There was another important vote in the Brittish Parliament tonight. The bill that was voted on, was one to ensure there would be a no-deal Brexit. The bill was passed with 328 votes for and 301 against the bill.

Does This Mean a No-Deal Brexit is off the Table?

No. The House of Commons has now voted in favour of the bill, but the House of Lords still has to pass the bill as well. Also, the bill doesn’t completely eliminate a no-deal Brexit, but it does obstruct it.

If the bill is passed by the House of Lords as well, Prime Minister Johnson will need to ask for an extension of the deadline to January 31st 2020.

As the Guardian reports it:

[…] the PM needs to request an article 50 extension (because he has not negotiated a new deal, and MPs have not voted to approve a no-deal Brexit), then getting an extension to pass a version of the Theresa May deal becomes government policy.

Effectively, that means that any Brexit delay would not be a blind delay; it would be a delay to enable a version of the Theresa May going through.

It is not clear whether this has passed by accident – or as a result of some cunning plot.

Read more here.

What’s Next?

The House of Lords will vote on the no-deal bill tomorrow. Boris Johnson also called for new elections tonight, but he didn’t get the two-thirds majority he needed for that. The new Prime Minister has yet to win a vote. There was little chance he could win because the opposition first wants the no-deal bill passed, before agreeing to new elections.

Boris Johnson has already stated he will not ask for an extension as, according to him, this will hand control of the negotiations to the EU. He then asked for new elections.

You can find a nice minute to minute overview of the No-Deal Bill Vote on the website of DW here.

Brexit Jargon Explained

I also came across a BBC article that might be interesting explaining Brexit jargon: What is removing the whip, filibustering and other Brexit jargon?

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