UK can still get Brexit deal approved this month - parliament speaker

by Reuters
Monday, 21 October 2019 15:23 GMT

LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - The British government still has the opportunity to get its Brexit deal through parliament in time to leave the European Union at the end of October, the speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow said on Monday.

Earlier Bercow ruled the government could not hold a 'yes or no' vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal on Monday but could instead pursue the route of getting the legislation required for Brexit through parliament.

"Nothing in what I have said in any way impinges upon the opportunity for the government to secure approval of its deal and the passage of the appropriate legislation by the end of the month. If the government has got the numbers, the government can have their way," Bercow told parliament.

"There is every opportunity for the government, with the support of the House, not only to have its say but to get its way by the end of October." (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Andrew MacAskill, editing by David Milliken)

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