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UK lawmakers to weigh bill blocking no-deal Brexit

London / The UK House of Commons rebelled Tuesday against Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson by agreeing to consider a bill that would bar the government from implementing Brexit on Oct. 31 in the absence of an accord with the European Union.

By a vote of 328-301, the Commons seized control of the legislative agenda and scheduled a debate for Wednesday on the proposal to compel Johnson to ask the EU for another extension if the alternative is a no-deal Brexit at the end of next month.

Twenty-one Conservative members defied threats of expulsion from their party to ally with the opposition against the prime minister, who reacted to the rebuke by threatening to call a snap election.

“I don’t want an election, but if MPs vote tomorrow to stop the negotiations and to compel another pointless delay of Brexit, potentially for years, then that will be the only way to resolve this,” Johnson said in a statement. “I can confirm that tonight we will are tabling a motion under the Fixed Term Parliament Act.”

A motion to dissolve Parliament requires a two-thirds majority of the 650-seat Commons to pass.

The leader of the main opposition Labor Party, Jeremy Corbyn, said that he and his colleagues are prepared to vote for such a motion, but only after the bill barring no-deal Brexit has been passed.

Under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, there is no requirement to hold elections until 2022.

The prime minister lost his working majority in the House earlier Tuesday when MP Phillip Lee rose from the Conservative benches during the debate and walked across the chamber to sit with the Liberal Democrat members.

Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament from the beginning of next week until Oct. 14, when he wants a Queen’s Speech to set out his legislative agenda, outraged both Conservative and opposition politicians who claimed he was manipulating proceedings to ensure that the option of a no-deal Brexit remained on the table.

As things stand, the UK is set to withdraw from the EU on Oct. 31, with or without a deal.

With the prorogation, MPs would have just a few weeks to pass key legislation on Brexit, though Johnson argued that a vote could only be held after the European Council meeting slated for Oct. 17-18, where he aims to secure changes to the current withdrawal deal.

Corbyn has pushed for a general election since Johnson succeeded Theresa May as prime minister last month by way of a party membership ballot.

May resigned over her failure to pass the withdrawal deal, which was shot down three times.

Johnson maintains that ruling out a no-deal Brexit “will plainly chop the legs out from under the UK position and make any further negotiation absolutely impossible.”

But Conservative rebel Philip Hammond, who was chancellor of the exchequer in May’s Cabinet, accused Johnson of being “disingenuous” about talks with the EU.

Johnson’s government has yet to name a negotiating team and has put forward “no proposals” to the EU, Hammond said.

Roughly 52 percent of UK voters who cast ballots in a June 2016 referendum voted to leave the EU.

While the Conservative Party as a whole supports Brexit, some prominent members want the UK to remain in the EU and even among the “Leavers,” there are concerns that a disorderly withdrawal would lead to shortages of goods and harm British firms.

Labor, however, is divided on Brexit and Corbyn – who has never been an EU enthusiast – has sought to keep the party from splitting over the issue. (September 3, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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Boris Johnson logra que más diputados le apoyen en la Cámara los Comunes.
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Boris Johnson ya no tiene el control de la agenda parlamentaria.
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es poco probable que Boris Johnson pierda el control de la agenda parlamentaria.
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Según el texto, el Parlamento británico se 'rebeló'... (According to the text, the British Parliament 'se rebeló'...)
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porque aprobó la tramitación de una ley que impida un brexit sin acuerdo.
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para evitar que Johnson negocie un nuevo acuerdo con la UE.
C
por razones que se desconocen.
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En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)
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Johnson logra una amplia mayoría en la Cámara de los Comunes.
B
solo 27 diputados de la Cámara de los Comunes se oponen a Boris Johnson.
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Johnson fue derrotado en el parlamento por una diferencia de 27 votos.
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es posible que se celebren nuevas elecciones si se aprueba esa ley.
B
está previsto que Johnson convoque esta semana elecciones anticipadas.
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Johnson descarta la posibilidad de que se celebren elecciones anticipadas.
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Johnson todavía cuenta con una mayoría 'tory' en la Cámara.
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Johnson está a favor de que se tramite una ley que impida un brexit sin acuerdo.
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21 diputados conservadores se alinearon con la oposición a pesar de las amenazas de Johnson.
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se celebran antes de lo previsto.
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se celebran más tarde de lo habitual.
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se celebran en el momento en que estaba previsto.
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Lo contrario de 'derrota' es... (The opposite of 'derrota' is...)    
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'empate'.
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'victoria'.
C
'fracaso'.
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Si te dan el 'visto bueno'... (If they give you 'el visto bueno'...)  
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no te dan su aprobación.
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te dan su aprobación.
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te ayudan a ver mejor.
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parte de un asiento.
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apoyo.
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la
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el
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lo
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