Boris Johnson has been branded a “dictator” by suspending Parliament to force the UK out of the EU come October 31. The Prime Minister has faced resistance and resignations within the Tory ranks following the decision two weeks ago and now faces Parliamentary intervention. MPs have formed a cross-party allegiance in the House of Commons with a bill – introduced by veteran MP Hilary Ben – which could suspend Brexit until 2020.
What time is the Brexit vote today?
MPs are expected to introduce the Benn Bill today in the House of Commons after returning from summer recess.
Oral questions in the main chamber of Commons start today from 2.30pm, so MPs will likely bring in the bill for its first reading after this point.
The bill is then up for debate on Wednesday and must receive backing from more than half of MPs in a series of votes to progress to the next stage.
If MPs vote the bill through the House of Commons, it will go to the House of Lords by Thursday for their consideration, but this could spill into Monday, September 9.
As Parliament is not due to sit on Friday, this date is also the earliest it could gain royal assent.
If passed into law, the new Brexit date would be January 31, 2020, at 11pm GMT.
However, if EU representatives were to extend a counteroffer, the Government would be obliged to accept it.
Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Kier Starmer took to Twitter to urge his colleagues in the House of Commons to back the Benn Bill.
He said: “This Bill will stop Boris Johnson forcing through a reckless and damaging no-deal Brexit on 31 October.
“This week could be Parliament’s last chance to stop a no-deal Brexit.
“I am urging all MPs to act in the national interest and support this Bill.”
Will Jeremy Corbyn win the vote?
The opposition is likely to win the vote on Wednesday, as the cross-party alliance of senior Tory, Labour, Lib Dem and Green Party members should be enough to win by a majority.
However, senior officials close to Mr Johnson have revealed the Prime Minister intends to hold a General Election should he lose in Parliament.
According to officials, the government would vote to dissolve Parliament and call in a General Election for October 14.
While Mr Corbyn would back a General Election, Boris Johnson is likely relying on the support of people who’s fears of a Corbyn-led government override those of a no-deal Brexit.