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The Commons Library on the rebel Bill to block a no deal Brexit - The House of Parliament's Magazine

What does the Bill do in relation to an extension?

The (Hilary Benn MP's Private Member's) Bill is not the same as April's Cooper-Letwin Bill. It goes further than that Bill in several key respects.

At first instance, clause 1 of the Bill gives the Government until Saturday 19 October to do either of two things. It could seek and secure the approval of MPs for either:

(a) a withdrawal agreement, or

(b) leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement

If by the end of 19 October the House of Commons has done neither of these things, the Prime Minister must then have sought from the European Council an extension of Article 50 for a further four months - until 31 January 2020.

If at any time after 19 October a withdrawal agreement is approved by the Commons, or the Commons decides the UK should leave without a deal, the Prime Minister can withdraw or modify his Article 50 extension request.

The HOC has from October 19 to select a new PM if Boris Johnson has not fulfilled one or the other of the mandates provided in the Benn bill. Nothing is fool proof, but it looks like this bill is about as close as one can get.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Sep 6th, 2019 at 12:19:19 AM EST
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