the British Parliament pushes the vote on the agreement again

The Speaker of the House of Commons wants the elected officials to finish first of all to look at the text on how to implement the agreement.

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John Bercow said no to a new vote Monday, October 21 on the Brexit agreement. HO / AFP

"The motion will not be debated. " UK House of Commons President John Bercow has refused to put the Brexit agreement between London and the European Union on Monday, Oct. 21, saying the motion had already been discussed on Saturday.

It will therefore be necessary to wait for the study – and the vote – of the more complex application texts to find out whether the British Parliament gives the green light to the compromise, complicating the task of the Europeans, who must at the same time decide on a possible new postponement of the divorce. This "withdrawal agreement bill" (debate on the withdrawal agreement) discussed by the British elected officials will not a priori not put to vote before Tuesday.

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To avoid a "no deal" on October 31, London won a new divorce agreement with the European Union last week but failed to win the support of the British Parliament on Saturday. By a 16-member majority, the parliament adopted an amendment that postponed Parliament's approval until all the necessary legislation for the implementation of the Brexit agreement negotiated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson was adopted. This amendment was intended to prevent an exit without agreement 'Accidental' if these complex texts were not passed and promulgated in time, according to its author, Oliver Letwin.

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The question of the report being examined in Brussels

The Prime Minister has therefore been forced to request a postponement of three months from the date of exit, for the time scheduled for October 31, a request being considered in Brussels. But the conservative leader, fiercely opposed to any further postponement of the Brexit, initially scheduled for March 29 and already postponed twice, accompanied this request with a letter explaining why he does not want a new deadline.

If the government fails to get the text ratified on time, "A short technical report" German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday in Berlin. Paris reiterated that " extra time " born "Would be in anyone's interest". A longer delay could allow the organization of elections, or even a new referendum. The decision will have to be taken unanimously by the European leaders.

Still determined to keep its promise of a Brexit October 31, the government of Boris Johnson intends to pass in Parliament as soon as possible the legislation necessary for the entry into force of the agreement, even if it is to sit the parliamentarians in the evening or on weekends. He believes he has a majority to support his agreement, which settles the conditions of divorce after forty-six years of cohabitation, allowing for a smooth exit accompanied by a period of current transition at least until the end of 2020.

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More than three years after the 2016 referendum that saw 52% of Britons support the "leave" camp, public opinion and parliamentarians remain very divided, even within the Conservative Party of Mr. Johnson.

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