Brexit has been postponed for the third time, as EU officials have decided to extend it until 31st of January.
Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, declared on Monday that EU bosses have agreed to the United Kingdom’s request for a “flextension” until the end of January. The “flextension” offers UK the opportunity to leave EU even earlier (on 1st of December or 1st of January) if UK Parliament will seal a new Brexit deal.
The EU wanted to avoid the economic disruption that a no-deal Brexit would have brought, and they had to approve a delay.UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson's “do or die” promise to leave the EU has been now broken and UK has accepted the delay offer.EU boss Donald Tusk declared: "The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK's request for a Brexit flextension until 31 January 2020. The decision is expected to be formalised through a written procedure."
The Brexit legislation that UK needs to apply before leaving the EU has moved forward, but British lawmakers rejected Johnson’s accelerated time frame of three days to inspect the bill. Normally, that would be a good sign for preparing the Brexit legislation before January, but the PM decided to put the legislation on hold. Johnson is trying to take advantage of this delay by getting a general election on 12th of December, that would help him to make the majority of the Parliament to agree with his version of Brexit.
In order to organise an election, two-thirds of the members of Parliament have to vote in its favour. The Prime Minister has previously tried to call an election, but the opposition rejected it until now, most probably because they wanted Johnson to ask for a delay even if he declared he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for a postponement.
The main opposition, Labour Party, considers the election quite unsafe, as Johnson's party is still popular and his decision of delaying Brexit didn't affect him.
The Liberal Democrats have became more popular as a result of their resistance to Brexit, and they want an election now so they can keep working against a UK-EU split.
The Scottish National Party and Johnson might be working at a different plan to get an election by December 9. They’re proposing to modify the 2011 act that doesn't allow Johnson from calling elections. New legislation would only require a simple majority, making it much easier to get an election.
The Brexit “flextension” looks to be established, but now it's the Parliament's decision whether to use this time to debate and pass the Brexit legislation — or to focus on what’s sure to be a tense, Brexit-centric election campaign.
Source: The Sun
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