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Brexit: May wants to extend the session times


The British government of Prime Minister Theresa May urges a prolongation of the session times and the deletion of days off the deputies, in order to bring eight important laws for the EU exit of the United Kingdom in due time by the parliament. Already on Tuesday, the House of Commons is to vote on numerous new requests from parliamentarians for further action following the rejection of the Brexit Agreement.

At the Tuesday session, MEPs vote on a wide range of applications. Some parliamentarians are calling for a postponement of the EU exit in favor of further negotiations with Brussels. Others are in favor of a completely new Brexit strategy, an exit without an agreement or a second referendum. Parliament had previously rejected the Brexit deal between London and the EU by an overwhelming majority, causing May to suffer a severe defeat. In addition, the deputies from May had demanded a plan B.

Time is pressing

But about two months before the Brexit time is pushing in the British House of Commons. To prepare for the EU exit, the members of parliament have to pass a total of 13 laws according to the government. These relate to various areas such as trade, fisheries and agriculture, but also a possible withdrawal agreement with Brussels. So far, however, only five laws have passed through parliament.

The government therefore brought an extension of the session times into play today. As spokeswoman Mays said, talks are currently underway with the Parliament about extending the sessions by up to five hours in the evening. In addition, the deputies should also meet at the previously meeting-free Fridays. The one-week parliamentary holiday in February was also up for grabs.

Demonstration against hard border

However, should more time be needed to pass the eight outstanding laws, House Chairperson Andrea Leadsom expects a Brexit shift. She was „absolutely sure“ that a postponement of the EU exit would be „feasible“ by a few weeks, Leadsom told BBC television.

Meanwhile, activists and activists demonstrated yesterday against the Brexit on the border between the EU member Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland. They closed a border road and recreated a border facility with military controls. The aim of the action was to draw attention to possible violent riots that could lead to a disorderly Brexit for the still unstable region. In the case of Brexit without agreements, the reintroduction of border controls threatens.

Government is considering introducing martial law

In view of the situation, according to a report in the Sunday Times, the government is considering the introduction of martial law in a chaotic Brexit. The report was not confirmed from Downing Street. However, May has repeatedly pointed to difficulties in the event of a disorderly EU exit.