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World Johnson Brexit Deal Clears Hurdle but Timetable Rejected

22:10  22 october  2019
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Boris Johnson et al. sitting at a table with a cake© jessica taylor/uk parliament/han/Shutterstock

U.K. lawmakers Tuesday endorsed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, giving it critical momentum in Britain’s fractious Parliament and raising the prospect that the country’s protracted divorce from the European Union is finally entering its end game.

However, in a sign of the challenges ahead, lawmakers voted minutes later against a proposed timetable to push it through Parliament by the end of the month. Lawmakers said they needed more time to consider the 110-page divorce deal and decide how they might amend it. That represents a setback for Mr. Johnson’s oft-stated ambition to pull the country out of the EU by Oct. 31.

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But the in-principle vote marks a remarkable turnaround for the prime minister, who in the space of three months has managed to both renegotiate an agreement with the EU and persuade Britain’s deeply divided House of Commons of its merits.

Earlier in the day Mr. Johnson told lawmakers he would pull the deal altogether and call an election if Parliament looked set to push ratification beyond the end of the year. Mr. Johnson urged the House of Commons to finally resolve Britain’s divorce with the EU more than three years after Britons voted to quit the bloc. “I will in no way allow months more of this,” he said.

The British government has already written to the EU to ask for a delay to Brexit. EU officials say while their eventual agreement is likely, they are waiting to see how Brexit plays out in Parliament before granting an extension.

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That Mr. Johnson managed to rally lawmakers around his deal is an achievement in itself. Under previous Prime Minister Theresa May, Parliament voted down divorce deals with the EU three times. Mr. Johnson managed to build momentum behind his plan with a simple selling point: Britain wants to get Brexit done and move on.

Mr. Johnson negotiated a deal last week with the EU that covers payments to the bloc, citizens’ rights and an arrangement to avoid a physical border from being rebuilt on the island of Ireland. Despite running a minority government, Mr. Johnson managed to win over to his cause a cluster of opposition Labour lawmakers who back Brexit. He also persuaded most of the Conservatives he fired from the party last month for defying him on a Brexit vote to rally behind his deal.

Whether that fragile alliance will hold is unclear. Lawmakers have already begun publishing proposed amendments to the divorce deal.

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Former Conservative minister Kenneth Clarke, now an independent lawmaker, wants the U.K. to be more closely bound to the EU by remaining in a customs union with the bloc after Brexit.  Other amendments expected to be voted on include one to subject the deal to a public referendum, offering the option of staying in the EU. It is uncertain whether either of these proposals would garner a majority, but if selected they will need time to be debated.

Another issue is what happens after Brexit. Currently Britain is due to enter a transition period with the EU until the end of 2020—with possible further extensions until the end of 2022—while the two sides negotiate a trade deal.

Some lawmakers fear the U.K. won’t have negotiated a comprehensive trade deal with the EU by the end of next year, creating a cliff edge beyond which Britain’s ties with its biggest trading partner would be severely curtailed. They want a guarantee the U.K. will ask to extend the transition period until 2022, a step pro-Brexit lawmakers oppose.

Much also depends on what emerges as lawmakers look at the small print of the deal. Several analysts expressed concern that the government was attempting to rush through a treaty of great importance in three days. Officials in Mr. Johnson’s government hoped to get sign-off by lawmakers by Thursday and allow the upper chamber, the Lords, to pull all-nighters through the weekend.

Given that this summer British lawmakers spent nearly a month debating a law to ban the use of wild animals in traveling circuses, that timetable looked too short to many lawmakers. Furthermore, some details are scant: The U.K. Treasury hasn’t published an assessment of economic impact Mr. Johnson’s agreement would have on the U.K., for instance.

Previous EU-related laws have taken a long time to pass. The EU Withdrawal Act, which paved the way for the U.K. to leave the bloc, took up 273 hours of parliamentary time before becoming law last year. The Maastricht Treaty, which accelerated the integration of the European bloc in the early 1990s, was debated in Parliament for 21 days.

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