Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s hope of taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union by October 31st, was dealth a huge blow last night, as MPs voted against the three days time table, while asking for the three months extension from the European Union. But they voted in favour of the Brexit Agreement reached a few day ago with the EU.
Boris Johnson had said he will “pause” the Withdrawal Brexit Agreement Bill and “accelerate” no-deal preparations after MPs rejected his three-day timetable for Commons debates on his Brexit plan, UK Evening Standard had reported.
MPs defeated the “programme motion” by 322 votes to 308 on Tuesday night in the Commons.
He had earlier pledged to pull the Bill and call for a general election if the timetable aimed at fast-tracking the Brexit agreement into law before the “do or die” October 31 deadline was defeated. But Mr Johnson made no mention of an election during his short speech responding to the defeat, the UK Standard had added.
He said: “I must express my disappointment that the House has again voted for delay rather than a timetable that would have guaranteed the UK would have been in a position to leave the EU on October 31 with a deal.
“We now face further uncertainty and the EU must now make up their minds over how to answer Parliament’s request for a delay.
“The first consequence is the government must take the only responsible course and accelerate our preparations for a no-deal outcome.”
He went on: “Until they [EU member states] have reached a decision I must say we will pause this legislation.
“Our policy remains that we should not delay, that we should leave the EU on October 31 and that is what I will say to the EU.”
And he said: “One way or another, we will leave the EU with this deal to which this House has just given its assent”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn reacting to the results of the votes had this to say to Boris Johnson:
“I make this offer to him tonight. Work with all of us to agree a reasonable timetable, and I suspect this House will vote to debate, scrutinise – and I hope amend – the detail of this bill.
“That would be the sensible way forward, and that’s the offer I make on behalf of the opposition tonight.”
Speaker John Berco on his part said the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in limbo”
He told PMs: “Just in case there is any doubt, the technical term for the status of the bill at present, is that it’s in limbo”
Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, also reacted to the result on Twitter.
He said he would recommend the other 27 member states of the European Union to accept the UK’s request for an extension to the October 31 deadline. See his tweet:
The division list for the programme motion showed five Labour MPs rebelled to support the government.
They were joined by 285 Tory MPs and 18 independents in backing the motion.
Some 233 Labour MPs opposed the motion along with 35 SNP, 19 Lib Dems, 10 DUP, four Plaid Cymru, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, five Independent Group for Change, and 15 independents.