BOn Thursday, the UK government wants to bring the necessary legislation for leaving the EU through Parliament. The final vote will be on Thursday.
Sub-House Chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg announced Monday that he would begin the second reading of the relevant “Withdrawal Agreement Bill” on Tuesday. The draft should also be approved by the House of Lords. A process that usually takes several weeks rather than a few days.
The ambitious voting schedule calls for parliamentarians to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday until midnight. Whether the delegates will join this marathon is questionable. Because on Tuesday they will first vote in a so-called “program motion” about whether they agree with the schedule at all.
It was not until Monday afternoon that Parliament President John Bercow had denounced Prime Minister Boris Johnson's request that a vote be taken on the new Brexit deal with the EU on Saturday. Now only the laws are to be adopted, which regulate the exit. Johnson has declared that Brexit will be completed with or without a deal on October 31.
European Parliament waits
By contrast, the European Parliament will no longer vote on the Brexit Treaty with the UK this week. This was said by the Portuguese parliamentary deputy Pedro Silva Pereira on Monday evening after setting the agenda. The schedule before the scheduled exit date October 31 will be even closer.
The EU Parliament can not give its consent until the British ratification process is completed, said Silva. That is not possible before Thursday. According to his statements, it could be decided on that day whether the European Parliament would convene a special meeting next week.
The appointment could be according to the left-wing leader Martin Schirdewan the withdrawal day – the 31 October. But you have to wait and see if the EU states are possibly ahead of an extension of time, said Schirdewan. Parliament's Brexit representative, Guy Verhofstadt, said approval this week is not possible. “The lower house is not finished.”
How it goes on
Until the exit date on October 31, several important milestones will decide on the further process:
– October 22nd: The British House of Representatives advises on a law ratifying the withdrawal agreement. The three-reading procedure can table amendments that would fundamentally change the agreement, such as a permanent customs union with the EU. It is also conceivable to submit the deal to the British in a second referendum. Whether and how the agreement has chances for a majority is open. Theoretically, ratification could be completed by Thursday.
– 24th October: Last regular European Parliament day before the Brexit meeting 31 October. An initial vote on the treaty, which also has to be ratified on the EU side, was canceled on Monday evening. Now it is to be decided on Thursday whether the European Parliament will meet next week for a special meeting, possibly on 31 October.
– 28th or 29th of October: Conceivable dates for a special summit of the 27 remaining EU states, to decide on an extension of the exit period for Great Britain. It is also possible that the Heads of State or Government will not travel to Brussels again, but will allow a postponement by written procedure. However, this only applies if there is no great need for discussion.
– 31st October: As of today, last day of British EU membership. Without extension, it ends at 24.00 clock. Furthermore, 31 October is the last date for a special session of the EU Parliament for ratification.
– January 31, 2020: UK's proposed new exit date. He is prescribed in a British law, the so-called Benn Act. Prime Minister Johnson was forced to apply for the EU delay this weekend. But this could also choose a different deadline.