What stands between Boris Johnson and a Halloween Brexit?


An anti-Brexit protestor and an EU flag are seen during protest in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain’s Parliament is set to vote in a rare Saturday sitting on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new deal with the European Union, a decisive moment in the prolonged bid to end the Brexit stalemate. Various scenarios may be put in motion by the vote. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Last week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson worked out a new deal with the European Union. With it, he hoped to satisfy enough opponents in parliament to usher a timely Brexit by the October 31 deadline.

By Saturday his hopes were dashed after lawmakers voted to withhold ANY support for deal until ALL domestic legislation supporting it had been passed.

By law, Johnson was forced to send the EU a letter requesting a three-month delay to January 2020.

The EU is considering that request – but Johnson still believes he can make a Halloween Brexit happen. Is that even possible?

Joining us to explain Johnson’s new deal with the EU, obstacles in parliament, and what we may see as the latest Brexit deadline approaches – is Garret Martin. He’s a professorial lecturer at the School of International Service at American University.