P&R 'disappointed but not surprised' at latest Brexit decision

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DISAPPOINTED but not surprised was Policy & Resource's reaction to the UK government's vote to delay a meaningful vote on Brexit at the weekend.

Anti-Brexit protesters pull a float depicting Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Parliament Square, London after it was announced that the Letwin amendment, which seeks to avoid a no-deal Brexit on October 31, was accepted. (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

After the House of Commons accepted an amendment to the latest deal brokered by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he was forced to send a letter to the EU asking for an extension to 31 January.

It emerged that although the letter was sent, Mr Johnson did not sign it and send a second, signed, letter saying that in his opinion an extension was not a good idea.

EU council president Donald Tusk tweeted that he had received the letter and would now consult EU leaders.

Under the amendment, approval for the latest deal is being withheld until the legislation implementing it is in place.

'It is disappointing that there is further delay in the UK Parliament’s "meaningful vote" on the most recent Withdrawal Agreement, leading to yet further uncertainty,' said P&R in a statement.

'Given the turbulent political events in the UK in the last three years and the parliamentary arithmetic, this latest development is not a great surprise.

'We will obviously continue to engage closely with the UK government as it and Parliament consider their next steps in relation to the Withdrawal Agreement in the coming days.'


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