Johnson faces tough week in Parliament over Brexit deal

Shaun Bailey et al. standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera “We are now reaching a crucial moment in the Brexit crisis,” organizers of Saturday’s rally in London said

"I think actually the mood in the country is clear and the Prime Minister's determination is absolute and I am with him in this, we must leave by October 31st".

Mrs May's support for Mr Johnson's deal comes despite his critics claiming that his version of the withdrawal agreement does just that.

The U.K. government warned earlier this year that in a worst-case scenario, a no-deal Brexit could lead to disruptions including long traffic jams at ports, shortages of food and medicines and problems for travelers.

Michael Gove, the Brexit secretary, told Sky News on Sunday that the government had "the means and ability" to exit the European Union at the end of the month.

He did not sign it and included another document saying an extension would be a mistake.

The prime minister argued that it was the best deal Britain could hope to strike - one that, in his telling, would position the country for a thriving future as an agile, free agent in the global economy - and that any further delay would be "pointless, expensive and deeply corrosive of public trust".

The main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn responded that "the prime minister must now comply with the law" and request an extension to Brexit until January. "If we crash out, because of what he has done with the letters, in 11 days' time without a deal he bears personal responsibility for that", Starmer told BBC television.

The amendment puts the brakes on an immediate vote on Johnson's plan, instead requiring Parliament to pass the legislation needed to implement his plan before the vote.

Outside parliament, tens of thousands of people marching to demand a new referendum that might reverse Brexit erupted into cheers at the vote.

After the Saturday showdown in Parliament came a kind of Sunday hangover, with the British people, and the Europeans, in a bit of a fog, as they read the morning papers and slurped tea.

Lawyers for three anti-Brexit campaigners are expected to argue on Monday those steps are a clear breach of the government's promises to the court, made by lawyers acting on behalf of Lord Keen, the advocate general and the United Kingdom government's law officer for Scotland. If a vote is permitted tomorrow and Johnson wins, he could withdraw the request for an extension. He also insisted that he remained committed to leaving the European Union on October 31 and he plans to introduce legislation implementing the deal this week in parliament.

Hours after the Saturday vote, French President Emmanuel Macron made it clear the deal had been negotiated and that further delay in Britain's departure was "in no one's interest".

"I would have to accept that the court will be able to deal with that one way or another", he said.

The European Union has not yet responded to Johnson's grudging request late Saturday to extend the looming October 31 deadline for Britain to leave the bloc. - "Super Saturday" session in Parliament, the prime minister was forced to fold and seek an extension.

It was unlikely that the EU's 27 remaining member states would refuse Britain's request, given the impact on all parties of a no-deal Brexit.

Michael Gove said he was confident the prime minister had enough support in Parliament to get the agreement over the line as he warned that lawmakers had increased the risk of a no-deal Brexit by forcing Johnson to ask the European Union for a delay. "This is heading straight for the court, and it may very quickly end up in the Supreme Court", she added.

Scottish National Party legislator Joanna Cherry said the legal battle over Brexit resumes Monday to see "if the prime minister has flouted the law and the promises he gave to the court".

Having failed to back a divorce deal, which Mr Johnson had secured on Thursday, MPs triggered a law requiring him to write to European Union leaders asking to delay Brexit, to avoid the risk that Britain crashes out in less than a fortnight's time.

The amendment destroyed Downing Street's attempts to seek Commons approval of the deal Mr Johnson forged with Brussels on Thursday - to the anger of the Prime Minister and former Tory colleagues.

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