UK's Boris Johnson Set to Push for Vote on EU Divorce Bill

UK can still get Brexit deal approved this month - parliament speaker

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Whatever happens the other side of the English channel, British government ministers have reaffirmed Johnson's intention to leave the European Union on October 31 come what may and said they believed they had the numbers to get the divorce deal through Parliament this week."We seem to have the numbers in the House of Commons, why hasn't Parliament pushed this through?"

British lawmakers dealt a dramatic blow to Johnson's Brexit plan at the weekend by refusing to give their backing to his revised withdrawal agreement until the legislation needed to ratify it has passed.

"We can not allow Parliament's letter to lead to Parliament's delay", he stressed, while Speaker John Bercow is to decide if such a vote will take place.

Bercow cited a parliamentary rule dating back to 1604 under which the government can not repeatedly ask Parliament to vote on the exact same motion. "The prime minister has achieved what is a very good deal and he is focused on getting that deal through parliament".

The court's decision, issued after a short hearing at the court of session in Edinburgh, means Johnson faces being held in contempt if judges rule he has failed to honour pledges made to court not to frustrate the extension process. The opponents are seeking a continuation to ensure that Johnson accepts an extension from the European Union if it's offered.

The government will not hold a vote on its Brexit deal on Monday if lawmakers try to make changes to the approval motion, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said.

Speaker John Bercow is thought to be unlikely to allow it on the grounds that this would repeat Saturday's debate, but he has not yet given his formal decision.

Those 27 European Union leaders are tired of the long-running Brexit saga but also want to avoid a no-deal British exit, which would damage economies on both sides of the Channel. It will be published once it's introduced to the House of Commons later on Monday. "There is not point having a meaningless vote, the government would pull the motion", the spokesman told reporters.

With just 10 days to go until the due to leave the bloc on October 31, Johnson's government planned to ask for a "straight up-and-down vote" on the agreement he struck last week with the 27 other European Union nations.

"MPs and peers will today have in front of them a bill that will get Brexit done by October 31, protect jobs and the integrity of the United Kingdom, and enable us to move onto the people's priorities like health, education and crime", Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay said in an emailed statement. "If Parliament wants to respect the referendum, it must back the bill".

The government has ruled out both of those options.

"We are clear where we stand on the customs union, that's something that the can not support and will not support", Shannon said. It comes as Britain's opposition Labour party has called for a second referendum on whether Britain should even leave the European Union.The tense start to the parliamentary week also comes as Scotland's highest court is due to consider whether Johnson intentionally set out to block Parliament's intent by not signing the first letter and sending a second, even if he technically complied with what was legally required of him, according to the Associated Press.

The EU Withdrawal (No 2) Act, often referred to as the Benn act, is a law that was passed by MPs in an attempt to prevent Boris Johnson's government leaving the EU without a deal.

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