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World What's next after Johnson's goal of Brexit on Oct. 31 fades?

18:00  23 october  2019
18:00  23 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Boris Johnson’s Brexit Deal on Knife Edge

  Boris Johnson’s Brexit Deal on Knife Edge U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal was hanging in the balance Tuesday, after the European Union Presidency said more time was needed before a summit of its leaders this week. © Getty Images New Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne Visits Berlin Antti Rinne, premier of Finland -- which currently has the rotating presidency of the EU -- said negotiations may need to continue after the EU Council summit that starts Thursday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Johnson has been defiant that he will not negotiate a Brexit delay beyond the scheduled Oct . 31 departure date, saying the law does not "compel me to do so", deepening uncertainty over how and even whether Britain will leave the EU. Following is a rough guide to what could happen next

31 . Johnson ' s government says it still thinks it can get Parliament' s backing for the deal and pass the legislation needed to implement it in time to meet the Johnson ' s oft-repeated vow that Britain will leave the EU on Oct . 31 "come what may" could go the same way as his predecessor Theresa May' s

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson's goal of taking Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 looks to have bitten the dust after lawmakers blocked his attempt to fast-track a Brexit bill through Parliament. The ball is now in the court of the EU, which must decide whether to agree to postpone the U.K.'s departure for a third time.

Boris Johnson Strikes Brexit Deal With E.U.

  Boris Johnson Strikes Brexit Deal With E.U. BRUSSELS — Britain and the European Union agreed on the draft text of a withdrawal deal on Thursday, an 11th-hour breakthrough in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s effort to settle his country’s anguished, yearslong debate over Brexit and pave the way for its departure from the bloc. The deal must still clear several hurdles, including approval from Europe’s leaders and, most crucially, passage in the British Parliament, where Mr. Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, suffered three thunderous defeats after bringing back an agreement with Brussels.

The British parliament rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson ' s attempt to fast-track a Brexit law through parliament, making a delay beyond the Oct . 31 exit date almost inevitable, and casting the entire EU divorce into doubt. After agreeing a last-minute Brexit deal with the EU last week, Johnson .

31 . Johnson ' s government says it still thinks it can get Parliament' s backing for the deal and pass the legislation needed to implement it in time to meet the Johnson ' s oft-repeated vow that Britain will leave the EU on Oct . 31 "come what may" could go the same way as his predecessor Theresa May' s

"I don't think the people of this country want a delay. I don't want a delay," Johnson said Wednesday. But a delay is on the cards.

Here's a look at what could happen next.

BRITAIN LEAVES THE EU WITHOUT A DEAL ON OCT. 31

As it stands, Britain is due to leave the bloc in eight days even if no divorce deal is in place setting out the terms. A no-deal Brexit would bring instant barriers to trade between Britain and the EU, and severely hit economies on both sides. Britain could see gridlock at ports, shortages of some food and medicines and a deep recession.

To avoid that, Parliament passed a law ordering Johnson to ask for a three-month delay to Britain's exit if Oct. 31 was looking without a deal in place. Johnson made the request Saturday, and European Council President Donald Tusk says he will recommend the 27 EU national leaders agree.

Boris Johnson can't celebrate his Brexit win for long

  Boris Johnson can't celebrate his Brexit win for long As Boris Johnson travels back to London from Brussels after proving the doubters wrong, Britain's leader has good reason to feel upbeat. Now, he faces what will likely be two of the most painful days of his career back in London. On Friday, Johnson will have to convince lawmakers across the political divide that they should back his new Brexit deal.It's a tough ask. The main opposition Labour Party hates the deal, and wants to negotiate its own one and then put that deal to a public referendum. Other opposition parties want to scrap Brexit altogether.

Mr. Johnson ’ s latest defeat came only 15 minutes after his first victory in Parliament. Lawmakers granted preliminary approval to the withdrawal deal he struck with the European Union last week, a major step toward achieving the prime minister’ s goal of Brexit and one that broke a string of defeats

- Speaking after the defeat, Johnson said he would pause the legislation while EU decides on the - Johnson had earlier warned lawmakers that he would abandon the legislation if the EU decides to This would break Johnson ’ s “do or die” pledge to leave the EU on Oct . 31 , but could still allow him to

Leaders of the 27 other EU countries — who must agree unanimously — are weary and frustrated at Britain's interminable Brexit melodrama. But they also want to avoid the economic pain that would come to both the U.K. and the bloc from a sudden and disruptive British exit. That means that, despite their grumbling, they are likely to grant a delay.

Johnson says he personally opposes an extension, but he is obliged by law to accept if the EU offers one.

That means the U.K. is unlikely to leave the EU at the end of this month.

BRITAIN LEAVES WITH A DEAL AFTER A FEW WEEKS' DELAY

Opposition lawmakers voted to block Johnson's attempt to push his Brexit bill through Parliament in a matter of days because they said it doesn't give them enough time to properly scrutinize it. Johnson could agree to give lawmakers a few more weeks and push on with the bill, though that would mean formally accepting that his vow to deliver an Oct. 31 Brexit is dead.

Boris Johnson launches bid for December election to break Brexit impasse

  Boris Johnson launches bid for December election to break Brexit impasse Boris Johnson will launch an attempt to hold a general election in Britain on December 12 to "get Brexit done."The British prime minister will attempt to convince members of Parliament to formally back the bid on Monday, but he will need the support of two-thirds of the House of Commons. Britain's next scheduled election is not until 2022.

Boris Johnson speaks after members of Parliament blocked his plan to rush the Brexit deal into law. He promised to step up contingency planning for Earlier on Tuesday, Johnson said if Parliament and the EU imposed a further delay, to the end of Jan. 31 -- which is now possible -- he would have little

31 . Johnson ' s government says it still thinks it can get Parliament' s backing for the deal and pass the legislation needed to implement it in time to meet the Johnson ' s oft-repeated vow that Britain will leave the EU on Oct . 31 "come what may" could go the same way as his predecessor Theresa May' s

If Johnson chose this route, Britain might be able to leave the EU in a matter of weeks — if, that is, Parliament votes for Johnson's bill. Opposition lawmakers plan to seek amendments that could substantially alter the bill, for example by adding a requirement that the Brexit deal be put to voters in a new referendum. The government says such an amendment would wreck its legislation and it will withdraw the bill if it succeeds.

The European Parliament also must approve the divorce deal, but it is not expected to object.

BRITAIN HOLDS AN ELECTION DURING A DELAY OF A FEW MONTHS

The government's other option is to try to trigger a snap general election, in hopes it will shake up the composition of the House of Commons, deliver a majority for Johnson's Conservatives and break the impasse that has brought Brexit to a grinding halt.

Flags of Anti Brexit protestors fly in front of parliament in London, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019.  Britain's government is waiting for the EU's response to its request for an extension to the Brexit deadline. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)© Provided by The Associated Press Flags of Anti Brexit protestors fly in front of parliament in London, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. Britain's government is waiting for the EU's response to its request for an extension to the Brexit deadline. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Elections take five or six weeks, so this will only be possible of the EU offers the extension until Jan. 31 that Britain has asked for, or a longer one.

And, to complicate things for Johnson, he can't just call an election on his own. He needs either to win a vote in Parliament by a two-third majority or lose a no-confidence vote, which so far opposition parties have refused to call. The main opposition Labour Party says it will only support an election once a "no-deal crash-out" from the EU is off the table.

An election could break the logjam — or it could result in a Parliament as fractious and divided as the one Britain has now.

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