Conservative politicians in the upper chamber of the British Parliament, the House of Lords, will not prevent the introduction of a law that would in principle make it impossible for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union by the end of October, the Conservative Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Thursday morning.
The motion, which has been vehemently opposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Labor Party’s largest opposition force, was approved Wednesday night by the House of Lords, 327-299, and immediately passed the bill for further debate in the House of Lords.
There have been clear indications in the past that members of the House of Lords pro-Brexit will try to push ahead with the law on banning Brexit until there is finally time for a final version. These signs included the submission of over a hundred amendments to the law in the upper house, which would have had to be voted on individually, and the fate of those who had passed in the upper chamber would have to be decided.
However, Boris Johnson has announced earlier that he will suspend the current parliamentary session from next week and a new legislature will begin in October with a new government program.
However, at dawn on Thursday, there were reports that the House of Lords was not using time-consuming tactics, and Downing Street confirmed Thursday morning that the law would pass through all Upper House hearings until Friday evening.
On this basis, on Monday, after the finalization of the Lower House, II. Queen Elizabeth may promulgate the law.
Boris Johnson called for early elections after the House of Commons’ decision Wednesday night, but did not pass the required two-thirds majority in the immediate one-and-a-half-hour debate.
The essence of the law on banning Brexit is that if Parliament does not give its consent to a new Brexit agreement by 19 October and that Britain’s membership of the EU will be terminated without an agreement, Johnson will have to take the lead by 31 October. postponing the exit due for three months, ie until 31 January 2020.
However, Johnson has repeatedly stated in recent days that under no circumstances would he be willing to initiate a postponement of exit from the European Union. Earlier this week, he announced that he would initiate a call for early elections if Parliament voted in favor of a motion to ban Brexit without agreement.
Johnson did it Wednesday night. According to the Prime Minister, after the adoption of the opposition Labor Party bill, it was impossible to negotiate further with the EU a new agreement laying down the conditions for the exit.
Under the British Parliamentary Law, which fixes an election period for five years, the next election would be due in 2022, and the previous parliamentary election would require two-thirds of the vote in the lower house, based on the current number of votes, but only 298 voted. initiative.
Support for the Labor Party would have been essential to pass the election proposal, but most Labor members abstained.
The opposition is of the opinion that the early election can only be sustained if the European Union first agrees to postpone the British exit. However, Downing Street said Thursday that Johnson may seek another call for early elections following an agreement with the House of Lords. A spokesman for the Prime Minister’s Office said it was clear that voters had to decide who to represent Britain in negotiations with the EU.
In any case, the announcement of elections seems indispensable as Britain has become virtually unmanageable. In fact, nearly two dozen Conservative MPs voted to put the law on the disorderly Brexit ban on the agenda and were expelled from the Tory faction. Boris Johnson’s government was thus in a minority in the lower house.
A further postponement of the withdrawal, already the third, may be decided by the European Council, acting unanimously, with the agreement of the Member State concerned.