Johnson says he'll pull Brexit Bill if lawmakers force delay


The government plans to publish its Brexit legislation, the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, on Monday evening, with the first round of debating and voting in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

But the European Parliament will not ratify the EU Withdrawal Agreement before the British Parliament does it, an EU official said on Monday.

As MPs prepare to debate and vote on the divorce agreement, Johnson has signalled he will pull his deal if his proposed timetable for parliament is rejected.

"It is obvious that the result of these consultations will very much depend on what the British parliament decides, or doesn't decide", he said in a speech at the council on Tuesday.

Jean-Yves Le Drian told French lawmakers Tuesday the British "must tell us today, as fast as possible, if it's yes or if it's no" - an apparent reference to the new Brexit deal between the European Union and London struck last week.

Mr Bercow ruled the special Commons sitting on Saturday had voted to delay approval until the implementing legislation had been passed and that any further vote would be "repetitive and disorderly" under House rules.

Opposition lawmakers have accused Johnson of trying to "ram" the bill through parliament without giving the chamber enough time to study its 110 pages.

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Ministers are hoping to rush the bill through by Thursday night, in an effort to keep their promise of taking Britain out of the European Union by 31 October.

"I will in no way allow months more of this", Johnson said.

Pro-Brexit campaigners stand under umbrellas with their placards outside the Houses of Parliament in London, October 21, 2019. British voters narrowly favored Brexit in a 2016 referendum, but British leaders have failed since then to draft an exit plan with the European Union that also could clear the House of Commons.

"I imagine the [EU] council will give us the time we need to ratify things properly, once Westminster has made its decision", Belgian MEP Philip Lamberts, who is a co-chair of the Greens, told reporters.

'At every stage the government has been running scared of this House, ' said Labour's Valerie Vaz.

"Unless you are prepared to contemplate more expansive debate, there is not the slightest possibility of considering the deal that has been obtained within the time available", Ken Clarke, a senior lawmaker recently ousted from Johnson's Conservative Party group in Parliament, told the Guardian newspaper. The Government put forward a reasonable compromise, based on the key principles of consent for the people of Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom leaving the EU Customs Union whole and entire, which was agreed at European Council last week. Yes, the film references are an anxiety-induced displacement activity, and yes, the Brexit finale billed as "super Saturday" (by a government determined to bring more cliff-edge drama to the process) didn't quite happen.

Failure to get the motion through would open up the prospect that Mr Johnson will be forced to accept another lengthy delay to Britain's departure - something he has vowed not to do.