Crucial Brexit Vote Will Not Happen Today

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2019

Meanwhile, as MPs debated and voted, organisers of the People's Vote march demanding a second referendum claimed that up to a million people took to the streets of London today.

Letwin said the amendment offers an "insurance policy" that ensures there is an extension in the case the Brexit deal doesn't go through in time.

Suspended former Cabinet Ministers including Philip Hammond, David Gauke and Amber Rudd backed Sir Oliver's amendment, which Lord Pannick helped write, created to force Mr Johnson to seek a Brexit extension tonight.

"What it says is that Brexit doesn't happen until all stages of the implementation Bill are passed", the Independent MP told reporters at Westminster on Friday.

Supporters argue that were Parliament to approve the deal today, there might be a danger that the subsequent legislation to enact it might be, somehow, derailed, resulting in a no-deal exit on 31 October. She also reported that Johnson would write to the European Union to request an extension to Brexit if the Letwin amendment passed.

A spokesman for the PM said: "I'm not going to get into amendments that have not been accepted".

Less than ten Labour Party MPs will back the British government on Saturday when the parliament votes on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, BBC political correspondent Nick Eardley said in a tweet here citing senior Labour sources. It has been clear that there is no majority in Parliament for anything other than opposition for a no-deal Brexit, and thus it is evident that Brexit could yet only occur once we have seen a general election.

He said he was "happy" with the Tory promises on workers' rights. "If they do, the NEC will have no choice but to replace them with a new, socialist Labour candidate at the next election".

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Corbyn said: "I believe in the power of persuasion rather than the power of threat".

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