The British Parliament is stalling after rejecting the Brexite agreement agreed with Brussels on Tuesday by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May. The latter announced that it will meet the leaders of all the parliamentary parties to try to find an agreement that can be supported by the House of Commons, but also negotiable with Brussels, Reuters reports Thursday in a presentation of the steps will follow in this file, according to Agerpres.
January 21: Theresa May offers the following steps
The head of the London government will come to parliament on Monday with a statement and a motion on the next steps proposed in the Brexit file. But the parliament will not discuss the motion at this stage.
January 21-29: British lawmakers propose alternatives
After Prime May presents the proposal, legislators will be able to propose amendments, alternatives to the provisions of the agreement.
This will happen because the British legislature is strongly fragmented in the Brexit issue, with parliamentarians supporting a wide range of options, from the exit of the EU on 29 March without any agreement, and until the Brexit will be canceled or a new referendum or stay in a customs union with the EU.
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An amendment that will probably be made by Conservative MP Nick Boles would also go beyond the mere proposal for an alternative to the Brexit approach. It simply wants to ask the London Parliament to take control of the Brexit process by changing the parliamentary rules so as to allow the so-called "backbenchers" (MPs who do not have an official position in the government or opposition parties) to propose legislation.
Furthermore, the amendment that Nick Boles proposed would have expired in May by the end of March to conclude an agreement reviewed with the EU and which could be supported in London by a parliamentary majority. If the head of the government failed to do so, he should, according to the same amendment as possible, request an extension of the Brexit effective date established on the basis of Article 50 of the EU Treaty so that on 29 March the United Kingdom does not leave the EU without agreement.
January 29: Parliament discusses the next steps
The House of Commons will devote the whole day to discussing the measures proposed by Theresa May and the advanced alternatives of the deputies.
There will be no vote on a revised Brexite agreement, but votes on alternatives proposed by parliament members will show if there is a way to get a majority in the House of Commons for a revised agreement.
Theresa May will not be forced to implement alternatives supported by the parliament, but will be subjected to strong political pressure to do so.
If the London legislator votes favorably on a particular option, then Prime Minister May will be able to return to Brussels to try to get a reconsideration of the agreement. But even if the Europeans accepted it, the British Parliament would still have to decide by voting for the agreement as a whole.