The House of Lords – the upper house of the British parliament – on Friday supported a bill prohibiting the so-called “hard” version of Brexit, that is, preventing Britain from leaving the EU without an agreement with the EU, Sky News reported.
Earlier in September, this document was supported by the House of Commons. Now the document must be signed by Queen Elizabeth II, after which it will acquire the force of law.
The next step will be scheduled for Monday, September 9, a vote in the House of Commons on the holding of early elections in the UK. The corresponding proposal was made earlier by the head of the British government, Boris Johnson. Initially, he wanted to hold elections before the current Brexit deadline of October 31, 2019. However, earlier this week, parliament did not support the proposal.
In addition, the bill was approved by the House of Commons, according to which Johnson should ask the EU to postpone Brexit until January 31, 2019. Now the document is under consideration by the House of Lords. The Prime Minister assures that he does not want to ask for such a Brussels and is aimed in any case on leaving the EU on October 31.
To approve the proposal for an extraordinary election, Johnson must be supported by at least two-thirds of the members of the House of Commons, that is, not only the conservatives in power but at least part of the opposition.
As reported, the government intends to put the issue of elections to the parliament on the evening of September 9. Surveys show that in the case of elections, conservatives can count on a landslide victory.