- Title: â€œWe need more time,â€ Londoners back Brexit delay
- Date: 23rd October 2019
- Summary: ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 23, 2019) (REUTERS) HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT BY RIVER THAMES PEOPLE WALKING OUTSIDE THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT EU FLAGS FLAGS OUTSIDE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT PEOPLE AND POLICEMEN WALKING SIGN READING (English): 'GET BRITAIN OUT' / SIGN READING (English): 'BREXIT NOW' SIGN READING (English): 'LEAVE MEANS LEAVE' VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS' SIGNS OUTSIDE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT AS SEEN FROM BRIDGE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT VARIOUS OF COMMUTERS LEAVING CHARING CROSS STATION, WALKING PAST TELEPHONE BOXES PEOPLE LEAVING STATION UNDERGROUND SIGN (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT, ANA, SAYING: "Absolutely, they do need more time to go through the Withdrawal Bill. It's absolutely outrageous that they were only going to allow three days to do this. You know, there was a bill that was providing for, against cruelty against animals, only affected 26 animals, and parliament allowed two weeks for that [CLIENTS PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLAIM IS NOT VERIFIED]. So is it the case then that they were only going to allow three days for 65 million people and however many other species for a document that's about 172 pages long and incredibly complicated. So it's absolutely right that it's been delayed." (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT, DALVIN KODHAR, SAYING: "I think more time is needed because you have to take into account that we've been in the EU for a long time, over 50 years. If you take that into account, to be in an organisation for that long and actually leave the EU you need more time to actually do that because it's the foundation of Britain. So for us to leave the EU we need more time." (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT, JOE LESLIE, SAYING: "I do wish it never happened but now that it has I think just going 'oh let's get it over and done with' is not the right attitude at all. We're here, we have to do it properly otherwise we will regret it for a very long time." MAN HANDING OUT MAGAZINES OUTSIDE STATION BRITISH FLAG TRAFFIC LIGHT TURNING RED TAXIS AND BUSES ON STREET TAXIS / PEOPLE WALKING ALONG STREET
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- Keywords: brexit developments commuter opinions reactions houses of parliament boris johnson brexit deal parliament vote
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Government/Politics
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- Story Text: Londoners backed a Brexit delay on Wednesday (October 23), after Prime Minister Boris Johnson paused legislation on his deal following a parliamentary defeat as Britain spins towards a possible election to break the impasse.
As the clock ticks down to the deadline for Britain's departure on October 31, Brexit is hanging in the balance as divided lawmakers debate when, how and even whether it should happen more than three years since the 2016 referendum.
In another day of Brexit drama in the 800-year-old Westminster seat of power, lawmakers handed Johnson the first major parliamentary victory of his premiership by signalling their support for his deal in an early legislative hurdle on Tuesday (October 22).
But that was overshadowed just minutes later when lawmakers defeated him on his timetable to rush the legislation through the House of Commons in just three days, prompting the government to say it would pause the legislative process.
EU Council President Donald Tusk recommended late on Tuesday evening that the leaders of the remaining 27 member states back a delay.
It is now for the rest of the bloc to decide whether the October 31 deadline should be pushed back to the end of January as requested by Johnson in a letter he was forced to send on Saturday by British lawmakers.
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