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    UK Prime Minister Johnson Defiant as Lawmakers Vote to Delay Brexit

    UK Prime Minister Johnson Defiant as Lawmakers Vote to Delay Brexit

    “I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so,” Johnson tells Parliament

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a major setback on Saturday as the country’s parliament voted to delay the Brexit ahead of the October 31 deadline. Lawmakers voted by 322 to 306 in favor of an amendment that obliges the British government to request an extension from Brussels .

    Prime Minister Johnson remained defiant in face of the vote, vowing to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union when the deadline expire on October 31. “I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so,” Johnson told the House.

    Following today’s vote, the government moved the vote on Prime Minister’s Brexit deal to Monday, rather than Saturday as planned. On Thursday, Johnson had announced the details of an agreement he reached with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of a summit in Brussels.

    UK newspaper Independent reported today’s parliamentary proceedings:

    MPs have voted to withhold approval for Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal in a spectacular setback to his plans to take the UK out of the European Union.

    But the prime minister immediately told the House of Commons that he will not negotiate an extension of Brexit negotiations beyond his 31 October deadline, despite a law requiring him to do so.

    His defiant message sparked warnings that he will face court action on Monday.

    In dramatic scenes in the House of Commons, an amendment delaying a meaningful vote on the prime minister’s EU withdrawal deal was passed by a margin of 322 votes to 306, to deafening cheers from thousands of second referendum supporters at the Together for the Final Say rally outside in Parliament Square. (…)

    The vote means Mr Johnson cannot secure parliamentary approval his deal by the end of 19 October and is required by the terms of the so-called Benn Act to write to Brussels to ask for an extension to the end of January 2020.

    UK opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn used the parliament’s proceedings to call for a second referendum on the country’s membership in the EU. “Voting for a deal today won’t end Brexit. It won’t deliver certainty and the people should have the final say,” Corbyn told the Lower House.

    Corbyn’s sentiments were echoed by the pro-EU activists outside the parliament. Thousands of Remain supporters took to the streets of London on Saturday to demand a fresh EU referendum. EU supporters, backed by the mainstream media, have been calling for a second vote ever since they lost the referendum three years ago.

    Following today’s vote, chief Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage called for the parliament to be dismissed and country to hold a new election. “A Remain Parliament and a Leave country and it’s just the most awful situation. I feel in the absence of a general election, nothing is going to improve.” Farage said on a radio show.

    ‘I will not negotiate delay with EU’: Johnson tells lawmakers

    Today’s vote, however, comes with a silver lining. If the deadlock between the Prime Minister and lawmakers continues, the UK will effectively leave the EU on October 31 without a deal. Many Brexit supporters, including Farage, have welcomed the prospect of a no-deal Brexit. A no-deal Brexit is “the only acceptable deal,” Farage has repeatedly said. Earlier this month, Johnson assured that the UK government was ‘ready’ for a no-deal Brexit on October 31, if the negotiations with Brussels were to fail.

    MPs vote down Brexit deal, seek delay

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    I’m oddly reminded of Sara Hoyt’s Vampire Musketeer novels ( what with the propensity of people to become Judas goats, the sticky corruption they leave in their wake, and the sheer superhuman efforts ordinary people must go through to even slow then down.

    They caught me at a different time, and I didn’t get to into them, but I’ll be toad if this whole EU/Brexit thing doesn’t just so remind me of them.

    Cleetus | October 20, 2019 at 7:12 am

    The real issue is that Great Britain is the second largest contributor to the EU and should GB leave, then the EU becomes essentially bankrupt. Additionally, without GB, exports from Germany to GB dry up pushing Germany into a deep recession which could easily turn into the dreaded and feared black swan. These actions taken in GB are nothing more than sycophants of the EU attempting to force the EU’s will on to the unwilling English in an attempt to reserve a dysfunctional union that is going to fail sometime soon anyway. Instead of income inequality it is power inequality where the people demand one thing and those in power are refusing to listen to and do the bidding of those who elected them.As with the Democrats in America, the arrogance of those in power is overwhelming.

    DaveGinOly | October 20, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    “British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a major setback on Saturday…”

    It seems to me that they have Boris right where he wants to be.

    “Oh please Brer Fox, whatever you do, please don’t throw me into the briar patch.”

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