The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is still adamant on the Brexit deadline of October 31, despite being forced by the British Parliament for another delay. On October 20, PM Johnson wrote an unsigned letter to the EU officials asking for a delay followed by another letter which said that it is essential to make Britain's divorce from the 28 nation bloc on the suggested deadline so that the country can move on to other priorities. On a rare weekend session, the UK lawmakers converged to vote in the majority for the amendment for the extension of the Brexit deadline after introducing the EU Juncker's “balanced and fair” deal in the Parliament. However, even after being forced to ask for another extension, PM Johnson is expressing his reluctance to make Brexit happen in 11 days.
The UK PM can face legal challenges from the UK lawmakers of the opposition who might feel that sending the second letter was done in order to get back at the Parliament for not approving his 'great new Brexit deal' in the rare weekend session of the House of Commons. However, the next session is scheduled on October 21 where the British PM will keep seeking support for his Brexit proposal which was also confirmed by the European Commission President, Jean Claude-Juncker on October 17. However, the senior cabinet minister and government's Brexit planning chief, Michael Gove reportedly told an international media house that Britain will leave the EU on October 31.
In a major setback to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, UK lawmakers in British Parliament have voted 322-306 to delay Brexit. The motion was led by MP Oliver Letwin and PM Johnson who faced a harsh majority when the Parliament voted to postpone the decision on Britain's divorce from the 28-nation bloc. It has again clouded the referendum which was proposed by the UK PM which made the government ask for another extension.
The House of Commons has approved the amended motion on the new Brexit deal agreed between the UK Government and the EU.— UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) October 19, 2019
The Government must ask for an extension of Article 50 under the Benn Act and set out how it intends to proceed.
Amended motion: pic.twitter.com/6gMpUOSiBz
(With inputs from agencies)