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UK’s battle to get Brexit done could go either way this week

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In the British parliament, a tough battle is expected over the latest Brexit agreement with the European Union: the government will push for its ratification, while opposition will seek allies for the government to agree to amend or to reject it altogether.

British news portal The Guardian reports, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s hopes of winning a clear majority for his Brexit plan faced a new threat on Sunday, October 20 night as oppostition Labour Party declared that it would seek the backing of rebel Conservative Party members and others for amendments that would force him to drop the deal – or accept a softer Brexit.

Read also: Fragile, new Brexit deal reached between EU and UK

As both sides sought to find parliamentary support after Saturday’s vote to force Johnson to seek a new delay to the UK’s departure from the European Union, Labour’s Keir Starmer said the party was prepared to talk to the Prime Minister’s former allies in the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) about forging a better deal.

The British government will resist any customs union amendments to the Brexit legislation, due to be published on Monday, arguing that the current offer from the EU is the only one on the table.

It also argued that «wrecking amendments» could torpedo the fragile coalition that it is trying to assemble for a deal.

Meanwhile, Johnson is planning to try to rush through all stages of the Brexit legislation this week, with parliament sitting through late nights and some of the weekend, before an EU summit possible early next week, The Guardian reports.


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