Lower House agrees to release documents

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DThe British House of Commons has called on the government on Monday to publish documents on the plans for an EU exit without agreement and the compulsory break of Parliament. A corresponding resolution was adopted in the evening with 311 to 302 votes. The statement is not legally binding, but it should be hard to ignore.

Critics accuse Prime Minister Boris Johnson of using the parliamentary recess tactically to limit MPs' ability to act before the planned withdrawal from the EU on 31 October. Now they want to see the communication of government employees before the decision, to private emails and messages from WhatsApp and similar short message services.

Johnson's plan does not work

The plans for a Brexit without agreement in the so-called “Operation Yellowhammer” are to be disclosed to the will of the parliamentarians until September 11. The decision came at the last minute, because even on Monday evening, the compulsory break should begin. According to reports, the government does not want to meet the demand. It was initially unclear, however, what coercive measures the deputies have to enforce their claim. Parliament will not meet again until 14 October.

Johnson wanted to vote on Monday for a new election on October 15 to get a mandate for his hard Brexit course. But the opposition has already made it clear that it will not allow it. A new election requires the approval of two thirds of all MEPs. Johnson had already failed on a first attempt on Wednesday.

Also on Monday, Parliament President John Bercow announced his resignation. The 56-year-old Conservative said he would not stand for office again if MEPs vote on Monday for early elections. But even in the case of a rejection of early elections, he will resign on 31 October. In addition, he also wanted to give up his parliamentary mandate.

A law passed last Friday stipulates that the government must request an extension of the Brexit deadline if no agreement is ratified by 19 October. It was supposed to come into effect on Monday with the approval of the Queen. A “no deal” threatens serious damage to the economy and other areas of life.

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