Now that Sir Oliver Letwin’s amendment has toppled Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans, and no Brexit deal signed off, what is the next for Boris Johnson?
How the MPs voted on Saturday is 322 votes for Letwin’s amendment and 306 against. Letwin’s amendment is an insurance policy to ensure that Britain would not crash out of the European Union without a deal on October 31, 2019. The amendment draws its basis from Labour MP Hillary Benn, popularly known as Benn Act
The Benn Act
“The purpose of the bill is to ensure that the UK does not leave the European Union on 31 October 2019 without an agreement, unless Parliament consents. The bill gives the government time either to reach a new agreement with the European Union at the European Union Council meeting next month or seek Parliament’s specific consent to leave the EU without a deal.”
“If neither of these two conditions has been met, however, by 19th October-that is the day after the European Council meeting concludes – then the Prime Minister must send a letter to the president European Council requesting an Article 50 extension until 31 January 2020.”
“If the European Council agrees to an extension to the 31 January 2020 then the Prime Minister must immediately accept that extension.
The Amended Motion
That, in the light of the new deal agreed with the European Union, which enables the United Kingdom to respect the result of the referendum on its membership of European Union on 31 October with a deal, this house has considered the matter but withholds approval unless and until implementing legislation is passed.
With the votes in favour of Letwin’s amendment, Boris Johnson is forced to ask EU for a delay to January 31, 2020.
IF EU ACCEPTS
Boris Jonson will try to force through Brexit law next week, and if he succeeds, Britain leaves EU on October 31, 2019, with a deal, but if he fails, Boris will call for an election.
IF EU REJECTS
Boris Johnson faces a race to get a deal passed by October 31, 2019, or leave with no deal.