UK’s Johnson ploughs on after speaker blocks new Brexit deal vote Oct 22, 2019 0 250 12345 DPALondonBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government on Monday ploughed on with its plan to conclude Brexit by October 31, despite being blocked by the parliamentary speaker John Bercow from from holding a vote on its Brexit deal.Jacob Rees-Mogg, Johnson’s leader in the Commons, parliament’s elected main house, told lawmakers that the government plans to pass a withdrawal agreement bill by Thursday, with a key vote on the bill and any amendments on Tuesday.Pete Wishart, the Scottish National Party (SNP) leader in the Commons, said the short time given to the bill was “totally unacceptable.” “Three days to consider a bill. Somebody suggested it’s 100 pages.How on Earth are we going to have the chance to assess that properly?” Wishart said, adding that the government had provided “no economic impacts.” The bill is designed to pave the way for the provisions of Johnson’s Brexit withdrawal agreement, which has the status of a draft international treaty, into British law.It covers most of the crucial legal, financial and bureaucratic details of Britain’s “divorce” from the EU, including sections on controversial post-Brexit customs arrangements between Britain and Northern Ireland.Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay confirmed on Monday that “exit summary declarations” would be needed for goods moving from Northern Ireland to Britain.“How can any Conservative & Unionist MP argue this does not represent a border in the Irish Sea?!” tweeted Sammy Wilson, a lawmaker from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Wilson was using the Conservative party’s full name.“It’s now clear that @BorisJohnson is prepared to wreck the United Kingdom to get this EU treaty through. No wonder the DUP are unhappy,” Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage tweeted.Several Conservative lawmakers earlier accused John Bercow, the Commons speaker, of bias after he said the government was trying to present a motion that is “in substance the same” as the one lawmakers considered on Saturday. “My ruling is therefore that the matter will not be debated [again] today,” Bercow said.Pro-Brexit Conservative Bernard Jenkin was among several lawmakers who questioned Bercow’s impartiality, accusing him of bias against the government.Jenkin told Bercow he would be part of a parliamentary committee examining “the role of the speaker.” Bercow insisted he had made a “principled judgement” based on established parliamentary procedure. RELATED ARTICLES Modi eyes easy victory as two Indian states vote Oct 22, 2019 0 763 Canadians vote in tight poll as Trudeau aims to cling to power Oct 22, 2019 0 1233 Philippine police recommend drug charges against ex-chief Oct 22, 2019 0 731 Thai king strips royal consort of all titles: Palace Bangkok: Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his 34-year-old consort of all titles for “disloyalty” and apparent “ambition” to match the Queen’s position, a royal command issued late on Monday said, less .. China says no one can stop Taiwan ‘reunification’ with the mainland AFP Beijing China’s defence minister made an uncompromising call on Monday for the “reunification” of Taiwan with the mainland, telling a high level defence forum that the process was something “no force” could stop. .. Bangladesh MP ‘hired lookalikes’ for univ exams Dhaka: A Bangladeshi lawmaker has been expelled from university after allegedly hiring as many as eight lookalikes to take exams in her place, officials said on Monday. Tamanna Nusrat, from the ruling Awami League .. ‘No Syria-type pullout planned for Afghanistan’ AFP Kabul Afghans should not misconstrue America’s sudden and contentious withdrawal from parts of Syria as a precursor to a similar move in Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday. The US last week .. US envoy consults Russia, China, EU on ending Afghan war Washington: The US negotiator whose talks with the Taliban was halted by President Donald Trump is meeting with Russia, China and European allies on ending Afghanistan’s war, the State Department said on Monday. Zalmay .. Prominent Pakistani journalist quits amid media freedom concerns Islamabad: A prominent Pakistani journalist known for his critical articles about the country’s powerful military has quit his job amid mounting concerns about the pressure exerted by authorities on the press. There .. Democratic leader Pelosi outlines Trump ‘shakedown’ of Ukraine DPA Washington Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi released an outline of what she termed President Donald Trump’s “shakedown” of Ukrainian leaders for his own personal gain as the Democrats pursue an impeachment inquiry ..