What's Happening With Brexit In 400 Easy-To-Read Words

A lot has happened this week in terms of UK politics – and sadly, they're only getting started. Here's what we know so far.

UK MPs have voted to debate a bill that, if passed, would extend the current Brexit deadline to 31 January 2020 at the earliest.

On Tuesday night, MPs opposed to the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement applied for an emergency debate – they, like most others, want a plan put in place for when Brexit happens. 

Their request was granted by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, which then allowed those MPs to begin their efforts to block a no-deal Brexit.

Rebel Tories 

Then, those MPs who are keen to avoid a no-deal Brexit forced a vote on whether they should seize control of the House of Commons' timetable – something usually controlled by the government.

They won by 328 to 301 votes thanks to 21 Conservative MPs who ignored Prime Minister Boris Johnson's orders and supporting the plan to block a no-deal Brexit. These, in media, are now being dubbed the 'Rebel Tories'. 

They have since effectively been expelled from the Conservative Party by having the party whip withdrawn. This means the MPs keep their seats in parliament but sit in the Commons as independent MPs.

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In response to the well-documented defeat, in the first House of Commons vote he has faced as prime minister, Johnson confirmed he will now push for an early general election next month.

A general election would give some clear lines about power-sharing.

Whoever wins can ditch the DUP and put a border in the Irish Sea, avoiding a hard border.

Wednesday

At around 3pm on Wednesday, UK MPs will continue their efforts to avoid a no-deal Brexit. A draft law, ensuring this, will be introduced by Labour MP Hilary Benn and will likely receive crossparty support. 

They will vote on all proposed legislation from about 7pm.

This would mean that Johnson must delay Brexit by another three months if he can't agree on a new deal with the EU.

This would be done by extending the deadline date – otherwise known as the end of the Article 50 negotiating period – which currently ends on 31 October to 31 January 2020.

Should the three-month delay pass, Boris has vowed to push ahead with a vote for an early general election to be held next month.

He is likely to need two-thirds of MPs to support him to be successful. More as we have it. 

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