Against all odds, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a Brexit deal from European leaders this week. Soon, a rare Saturday sitting of Parliament is expected to vote on the agreement to exit the European Union. The margin, as one journalist put it, is “painfully tight,” so Johnson, unlike his thrice-failed predecessor, Theresa May, has a fighting chance to complete the movement that catapulted him into No. 10 Downing Street.
What happens first? MPs are expected to vote on an amendment by Conservative Party expellee Oliver Letwin to “withhold support” for Johnson’s plan until passage of all legislation needed for its implementation — possibly forcing another delay past the Oct. 31 departure deadline.