British Parliament is having great difficulty agreeing with itself on how, when, or if at all, to leave the European Union. Therefore, European Council President Tusk has told the rest of the European Union Member States that he feels they should all approve, together as the EU, a delay to the UK's impending(?) departure. A no-deal Brexit is something to avoid for everyone involved.
Last evening, Boris Johnson was pushed into a corner, forced to put his plans to leave the EU on 31 October in another humiliating defeat in the House of Commons. According to rte.ie, in a close vote of 322 to 308, the plan to force legislation approving his deal through the House of Commons in only 3 days was rejected.
Super Boris Pauses Brexit Deal Talks
The Prime Minister has said he would now "pause" the Withdrawal Agreement Bill until the EU takes a decision on whether to allow another Brexit delay. In an earlier vote, MPs voted 329 to 299 in favour of the Bill, boosting the Prime Minister's momentum to leave the EU with a deal. In response to the votes, PM Johnson said his government's Brexit policy had not changed. In addition, he went on to say: "Let me be clear. Our policy remains that we should not delay, that we should leave the EU on October 31st and that is what I will say to the EU and I will report back to the house. And one way or another we will leave the EU with this deal, to which this house has just given its assent."
A Rebuttal From Labour
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is on record saying his party was prepared to work with Johnson's government to agree to "a reasonable timetable" to give the Commons time to debate and scrutinize the legislation correctly. "That would be the sensible way forward, and that's the offer I make on behalf of the opposition tonight."
Corbyn's offer opens the way for Parliament to approve the Bill before the end of 2019, giving the Prime Minister the possibility of removing the UK from the EU with a deal. It would only mean Johnson would have to accept another extension – something the PM is definitely against.
The EU Commission said it will now be consulting the leaders in the EU 27 on the UK's request for an extension until 31 January 2020.