Blow to Boris: UK MPs vote to delay decision on BoJo’s Brexit deal, insist he now must ask for extension from EU
In a defeat for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, UK MPs passed an amendment delaying approval of his deal with the EU. Lawmakers also want Johnson to apply for yet another Brexit extension, which he rejects outright.
The amendment laid down by former Conservative Cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin has been passed by the House of Commons by 322 votes to 306.
This led to the crucial Brexit vote not taking place on Saturday at all and it’s yet unclear when the MPs will return to the matter. The government wanted to put the deal with the EU to another vote on Monday, but House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said that he would only decide if he’ll allow that to happen at the start of the week.
“The government is not the arbiter of what is orderly,” Bercow said, referring to the parliament convention that the same question can’t be raised twice during the one session.
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Because of the conditions of the Benn Act, Johnson will now have to request a three-month delay to Brexit from the EU by the end of Saturday.
Despite the act, Remain MPs had fears that a no-deal Brexit was still a possibility, as passing Johnson’s deal does not guarantee that the UK leaves the EU with a deal on October 31.
The amendment means that any support Johnson’s deal gets in a vote in parliament will be withheld until legislation to implement the deal has been passed by the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
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