If you want to be entertained and American politics aren’t enough for you, watch debates in the British Parliament.
The British House of Commons is the complete opposite of how the United States Congress conducts itself.
Today, all eyes in England were on the House of Commons as Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended the deal he struck with the European Union to finally carry out Brexit.
On Saturday, the Parliament voted to delay the vote to this week, and today, they had the first vote on the new Brexit deal.
For the first time since the British voters affirmed their support for Brexit, a deal has passed through Parliament.
That’s a victory for Johnson, but that doesn’t mean that the process is over yet.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister said he would pull the bill and call for a general election if his timeframe wasn’t agreed to by the body. Johnson is hoping to get the final draft of the deal voted on by the end of the week so Britain can leave the European Union by October 31st, the deadline set previously for the UK to leave the EU.
Unfortunately, the House of Commons rejected Johnson’s timetable, and the debate for the final passage with amendments will be prolonged.
It was a bittersweet day for Boris Johnson, and the attention now shifts back to how Johnson will respond.
Johnson indicated how he planned to respond when he said, “We should not overlook the significance of this moment.
I must express my disappointment that the House has voted to delay rather than a timetable that would have guaranteed the UK could leave on 31 October with a deal. We now face further uncertainty. The EU must now take the only reasonable course and accelerate our preparations for a no-deal outcome. Until the EU has reached a decision, we will pause this legislation.”
The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, responded by saying: “Tonight the House has refused to be bounced into debating a hugely significant bill with barely any notice.
The PM is the author of his own misfortune. So I make this offer tonight. Work with us to agree to a reasonable timetable and I suspect this House will vote to debate this bill.
That would be the sensible way forward.”
Johnson has vowed that Britain would leave by that date, “with or without a deal.”
Regardless of what happens, with the second vote on the timeframe for debate later today, this is a huge political victory for Prime Minister Johnson. As recently as a week ago, he had been written off and there was even talk of him being removed as Prime Minister by a no-confidence vote from the Parliament.
Johnson has moved Heaven and Earth to carry out the will of the British voters. He has taken multiple legislative and political moves to try and get Brexit completed.
It was a bittersweet day for Prime Minster Johnson and supporters of Brexit, but it was the first sign of progress since the referendum to leave the EU passed in 2016.