Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

Brexit latest: What happens NOW – All the possible outcomes after PM’s crushing defeat | Politics | News

Tuesday saw MPs vote 328 to 301 to take control of Parliament, a crushing defeat for the new Prime Minister. The man who built his premiership on the promise of Brexit by October 31, “do or die”, could now be forced to ask the EU for yet another Brexit delay. With the events for the coming weeks set to unfold throughout the course of today, here is a look at what this could all mean for Boris Johnson and Brexit.

Another Brexit extension

MPs have voted more than once to show they oppose a no deal Brexit.

But the PM’s decision to prorogue Parliament – a formal suspension – means they are left with little time to do anything about it.

On Wednesday, MPs will vote on a bill to force the Government to ask the EU to delay Brexit until 31 January 2020.

If passed, the bill could be given royal assent by the Queen and become law on Monday.

Boris Johnson will try call a general election to get around this, but he needs two-thirds of MPs to vote for a snap election, and his odds aren’t looking good.

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A snap general election

If the bill passes on Wednesday, Mr Johnson will try call a snap election for mid-October.

If this passes in the House, Parliament will be dissolved and the bill will be abandoned.

If the Tories win the election, it will strengthen Mr Johnson’s mandate and he can forge ahead with his Halloween Brexit plans.

If the Tories fail to achieve an overall majority, the UK will either leave the EU by default, or an extension will be sought.

Vote of no confidence

If the effort to pass legislation stopping a no-deal Brexit fails, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has previously said he would table a vote of no confidence in the Government.

If more MPs vote for the no-confidence motion than against it, there would then be a 14-day window to see if the current government – or an alternative one with a new PM – could win a vote of confidence.

A new government appointed in this way would probably then seek a Brexit delay – perhaps to hold a general election or another referendum.

But if no-one wins a confidence vote in 14 days it would trigger a general election with Mr Johnson as Prime Minister, and he could choose to hold it after 31 October, when Brexit would have already happened.

No-deal Brexit on 31 October

The default position is the UK will leave the EU on October 31 at 11pm GMT.

Boris Johnson says he wants a new deal with the EU on the terms of leaving, but has vowed Brexit will happen on 31 October even if that is with no deal.

Leaving without a deal (or withdrawal agreement) means the UK would immediately exit the customs union and single market – arrangements designed to make trade easier.

Many politicians and businesses say this would damage the economy, while others say the risks are exaggerated.

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