Boris Johnson Finally Gets to Put His Deal to the Vote: Brexit Update


Prime Minister Boris Johnson will find out Tuesday evening whether he has any chance of getting his Brexit deal through Parliament — and whether he can do it ahead of his Oct. 31 deadline.

Having twice been denied a vote on whether members of Parliament support his deal, Johnson has introduced the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which would implement the deal in law, and plans to push it through Parliament at a breakneck pace.

His moment of truth will come at around 7 p.m. in London, with what’s known as the Second Reading vote — on whether Parliament agrees with the general principles of the bill. There will then be another vote immediately afterward on his proposed fast-track timetable for passing the law.

The EU leadership is giving its own update on the Brexit state of play on Brexit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, reiterated that the European Parliament would only be able to ratify the Brexit deal after the U.K. Parliament. That threatens Johnson’s ambition to leave the bloc on Oct. 31.

Follow developments as they happen here. All times U.K.

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