Boris Johnson set to bring back Brexit deal on Friday

Will Taylor
News Reporter
Boris Johnson plans to bring his Brexit deal back on Friday. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

Boris Johnson will restart his bid to get MPs to approve his Brexit deal on Friday, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister won a big majority in last week’s general election on the back of his pledge to take the UK out of the European Union.

He called the election after claiming Parliament was blocking his Brexit deal after MPs disagreed on his preferred timetable to push through his plan.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: “We plan to start the process before Christmas and will do so in the proper constitutional way in discussion with the Speaker.”

Asked if the legislation would be identical to that introduced in the last parliament, the PM’s spokesman said: “You will have to wait for it to be published but it will reflect the agreement that we made with the EU on our withdrawal.”

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Time is limited if Parliament is to break up for Christmas. MPs have returned to Westminster today and will be sworn in this week, a formality that needs to take place before the Commons sits to make laws again.

The UK is due to leave the EU on January 31 unless it can ratify Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal ahead of time.

With a majority of 80, the Prime Minister will be expecting MPs to pass it, and his Tory MPs stood on a platform promising to complete Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

“Get Brexit Done” was the slogan of the Tory campaign, accompanied by a promise to “unleash Britain’s potential”.

The PM’s Brexit deal did pass the first hurdle in Parliament before the election was called after MPs approved it move on to the next phase.

But they did not support the narrow timeframe Mr Johnson wanted for them to pass it, leading him to call the election.