The House of Lords of the British Parliament on Monday approved a bill to postpone the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. This is evidenced by the broadcast of the meeting of the Upper House of Parliament, which is conducted by the parliamentary TV channel.
The developer of the bill is the Deputy of the House of Commons from the Labour party Yvette Cooper. Earlier, the Lower House of Parliament approved the document submitted by it with a margin of only one vote — 313 against 312. Now, after a positive verdict of the House of Lords, the bill will return to the Lower House and is expected to be approved on Monday. After that, to gain the status of the law, it will only have to get the so-called Royal sanction, but it will be a mere formality.
As spelled out in the bill itself, the day after it becomes law, Prime Minister Theresa May will have to call a new deadline for the implementation of “Brexit”. Then she will have to get the approval of the Parliament, and then submit a request to the EU, which, in turn, can accept or reject the proposal.
However, the unusual situation is that May has already gone on this road, without waiting for the appearance of the mentioned law: last Friday she wrote a letter to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, in which she asked him to postpone the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU from the current planned date of “divorce”, April 12, until June 30. However, Brussels, according to existing information, agrees only to the option of a long extension, until the end of March next year.
The government has already agreed to debate on Tuesday if the law is passed. However, given these points, it is not yet clear what the procedure will be — whether the deputies will vote for the already requested parameters of the delay, that is, whether they will be accepted after the fact, will force may to withdraw the letter sent to Brussels, or even refuse to vote.