SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 10 – UK government ministers are preparing to summon MPs for a special Saturday sitting of parliament following next week’s crucial EU summit.
Sources said MPs were expected to be called back to Westminster on October 19th regardless of whether Boris Johnson has been able to secure agreement on a Brexit deal.
The summit in Brussels on October 17th and 18th is the last scheduled meeting of EU leaders before Britain is supposed to leave on October 31st.
If the prime minister is able to get an agreement, it will be an opportunity for MPs – who will have to give their approval – to debate it. Otherwise, Mr Johnson is expected to set out how he plans to take Britain out of the EU at the end of the month regardless.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the sitting would be an opportunity for MPs to press the prime minister to comply with the so-called Benn Act requiring him to seek a further Brexit delay if there is no agreement at the summit. “The idea that the Prime Minister will break the law yet again is something that needs to be borne in mind here,” he told reporters during a visit to a wind turbine facility in Southampton.
The move comes after judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh said they would not rule on a legal bid requiring a request for an extension to be submitted in the event that there is no agreement at the summit until October.
Mr Johnson has repeatedly said that while he will abide by the law, he will be taking the UK out of the EU on October 31st, with or without a deal.