Johnson wants to lead Brexit laws through the Lower House within a few days

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The British government wants to lead all the new laws about the exit from the European Union through the House of Commons within a few days. The British parliamentarians may Tuesday for the first time consider the legal consequences of the severance arrangement that Boris Johnson agreed with Brussels.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative MP, who represents the government in the Lower House, announced the schedule on Monday. According to that schedule, the final vote must take place on Thursday, but it is unclear whether the House of Commons will manage that in such a short time. After that, the House of Lords must also consider the laws.

It is still unclear whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sufficient political support to get this whole package through parliament. His Conservative Party has no majority, and his Northern Ireland coalition party DUP does not support the package. There is also a good chance that parliamentarians will submit amendments that are unacceptable to the government.

Not only in the British Parliament in London, but also in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, more and more people are calling to resubmit the British departure from the EU to the British voters. According to critics, many more Britons have now become clear that leaving the EU has far greater consequences than they foreseen in the (first) referendum in 2016.

Johnson actually wanted parliamentarians to first approve the agreement with EU and only then the corresponding UK legislation. Then he could have escaped a deadline imposed on him by critical parliamentarians. He did not succeed, which meant that he had to request a postponement of the EU last weekend.

The EU is currently considering this request, but will only be able to respond to it later this week. Possibly the EU will offer the British a longer delay, possibly a few months. Then the British can first order their national Brexit laws in peace.