Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill passes Parliament but lawmakers reject timetable

The Prime Minister told a parliament debate that he will pull the Brexit bill and push for an election if it is voted down by lawmakers.
Boris Johnson
UK PM Boris Johnson

Lawmakers on Tuesday voted 308 to 322 to turn down his rapid timetable for Brexit bill. As a result, Johnson has paused the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, Xinhua news agency reported.

French Foreign Minister questions need for Brexit extension

France’s Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, questioned the need for a Brexit extension in a statement Tuesday night, demanding: “what for? And why?”

“An extension has been asked for: what for? And why? We know that time alone won’t find a solution. Instead a political decision is what is needed. We cannot prolong this situation indefinitely,” Le Drian said.

EU Brexit Coordinator jokes “another three weeks” of Nigel Farage

European Parliament Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt has reacted to Tuesday night’s news out of Britain with a jibe about Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.

“You’re all thinking: another extension,” Verhofstadt tweeted, along with a GIF of the politician, his mouth agape. “I am thinking: another three weeks listening to Farage.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the Prime Minister told a parliament debate that he will pull the Brexit bill and push for an election if it is voted down by lawmakers.

“If parliament refuses to allow Brexit to happen… in no circumstances can the government continue with this,” he said. “With great regret I will have to say the Bill will have to be pulled and we will have to go forward to a general election.”

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