Boris Johnson, who has been the face of the 2016 referendum campaign, now faces an unenviable position of keeping his “do of die” pledge and ensuring Brexit in just 9 days. Defeat in either of the two votes places him at a defensive standpoint.
On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces two pivotal Brexit votes in the British parliament that will largely decide if he can deliver on his pledge to lead the United Kingdom out of the European Union in just nine days.
With the fast approaching deadline of October 31 for the UK’s departure from the EU, Brexit is hanging in the balance as a divided parliament bickers over how, when and even if it should happen.
After being forced by his opponents into the humiliation position of asking the EU for a delay that he had promised he would never ask for, Johnson aims to ram his legislation through the House of Commons in order to enact a last-minute Brexit deal.
In the Brexit saga that has become a political thriller, British lawmakers are set to vote around 1800 GMT on the 115-page Withdrawal Agreement Bill and then vote again on the government’s extremely tight timetable for approving the legislation.
“I hope parliament today votes to take back control for itself,” said Johnson, who has largely been the face of the 2016 referendum campaign to leave the EU. “The public doesn’t want any more delays, neither do other European leaders and neither do I. Let’s get Brexit done on 31 October and move on.”
Defeat in either of the votes would place him at a very delicate position if he is hell bent on keeping to his pledge of “do of die” Brexit by Oct, he will face two precarious situations: either he can choose to abide by the law that demands that he accept any Brexit delay offered by the EU or take the more risky approach and leave without a divorce deal.
Under the government’s current plans, the legislation would be rushed through the House of Commons in just three days. This is in contrast to previous bills, to implement major European treaties, which have taken between 10 and 40 sitting days to get through parliament.
As per a spokesman for Johnson, if the legislation strayed too far from the deal then its ratification would be placed in question.