WE now have until October 31 to work out an exit deal with the EU which the majority of MPs agree with.
As Parliament has now been suspended until October 14, it is unclear what kind of deal will be made.
Why is there a Brexit delay?
Britain had been due to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019.
However, after UK MPs rejected the withdrawal deal the former Prime Minister Theresa May had agreed with Brussels – EU leaders eventually agreed to a six-month extension to the exit process until October 31, 2019.
The UK can leave the EU before this date if a withdrawal agreement is ratified between Britain and Brussels before then.
May did have plans to go back to the Commons in early June to give MPs a fourth chance to vote on her Withdrawal Agreement (WA).
MPs on all sides were ready to vote down down May’s WA for the fourth time, which resulted in her announcing her resignation.
On May 24, she said she was stepping down as the Prime Minister and she stepped down as Tory leader on June 7th.
Boris Johnson went on to become the next Prime Minster on July 23.
What happens now?
MPs voted to block a No Deal Brexit, meaning we cannot leave the EU without – which could mean a possible extension on the already extended deadline.
The PM had threatened to call for an election if a No Deal was blocked and he certainly did.
On September 10, MPs blocked his bid for a general election.
Now Parliament is suspended for five weeks in a process known as proroguing until October 14.
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What are the key dates in October 2019?
- October 31 – Brexit Day!
- October 21-24 – The European Parliament meets in Strasbourg for the last time, marking the departure of UK MEPs
- October 17-18 – EU leaders meet with Boris Johnson to address departure terms
- October 17 – The British Parliament officially reopens
- October 14 – The Queen’s Speech to Parliament is set to end the suspension