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Boris Johnson gains upper hand: Accept Brexit deal or snap elections (Video)

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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he leaves from 10 Downing Street in central London on October 23, 2019, before heading to the House of Commons for Prime Minister's Questions (PMQS). - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday he will pause efforts to pass his Brexit deal, after MPs gave their preliminary approval for it but rejected his timetable to push it through parliament this week. The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, recommended that EU leaders postpone Britain's departure from the bloc while its prime minister seeks approval of their divorce deal. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss UK PM Boris Johnson’s plan to seek snap elections if the EU proposes delaying the Brexit deadline until January.

Tuesday’s Commons votes, where MPs backed the Johnson’s deal at its first Parliamentary hurdle, but rejected plans to fast-track the legislation, has now brought the focus down to two main scenarios; pass the current, negotiated Withdrawal Agreement Bill, or move to pre-Christmas elections.

Johnson is now waiting to hear from the EU on whether they would grant a delay to Brexit before moving forward.

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Via RT…

Minutes after approving Boris Johnson’s Brexit withdrawal agreement, UK lawmakers have rejected the PM’s “programme motion” in a blow to his plans to fast-track the bill through all stages of the House of Commons by Thursday.

UK MPs passed Johnson’s WAB at the second reading stage in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening by 329 votes to 299. The UK government’s joy at that result, however, was short lived, as crucial program motion was voted down with 308 for and 322 votes against minutes later.

Speaking after the second vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Johnson was the “author of his own misfortune.”

“Work with us to agree a reasonable timetable,” Corbyn added.

Johnson complained that the House has yet again “voted for delay” and created “further uncertainty” over Brexit.

He said he will speak to EU member states about their intentions and until then he will “pause” the legislation. The PM confirmed that his policy remains that the UK should leave the EU on October 31. He thanked members across the house for the “hard won” agreement.

Johnson has framed the day’s events as a victory, as this marks the first time any Brexit bill has been backed by a majority in the Commons – while on the other hand, the opposition sees their rejection of his fast-track timetable as a major defeat. The PM earlier warned lawmakers that the WAB will have to be pulled if the program  timetable motion is voted down, “and we will have to go forward to a general election.”

Yet, Johnson made no mention of an election in his comments after the vote. Commons speaker John Bercow said, however, that the government will indicate how it wishes to proceed in a statement soon.

Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson said Brexit was “not a done deal” and slammed Johnson for attempting to “ram his Brexit deal through Parliament.”

The motion, which sets the timetable of only three days for MPs to study the WAB, has proven to be controversial with many lawmakers from across the House. Critics have complained that three days is not enough time to scrutinize and vote on such a historic piece of legislation.

As it stands, the timetable for the Brexit process includes a debate on amendments to the bill, such as a customs union and a second referendum on Tuesday night and continuing until Thursday, culminating in votes at the third reading stage.

The UK government is desperate to advance the bill through the House of Commons and the Lords in time for the October 31 deadline – when the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union.

Earlier, President of the European Council Donald Tusk revealed that any decision on whether to grant a Brexit delay would depend on what happens in the UK Parliament this week, but insisted the bloc would never choose a no-deal scenario.

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Politics aside, I just love his hairstyle. So cool.

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Playing with the plug sockets again. 🙂

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Does this guy ever bother combing his hair???

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