Chaos: In Latest Humiliation For PM Johnson, UK Parliament Votes To Delay Decision On Brexit Deal

In a historic Saturday session for UK parliament, the first since the Falklands war, today British lawmakers were supposed to vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal which last week received approval from the EU, and which sent the pound soaring amid speculation that a Brexit deal was actually close to passing. Instead, in the latest embarrassment to Johnson, moments ago UK lawmakers instead voted to put off a decision on the Prime Minister’s deal, forcing him to ask the EU for another Brexit delay.

The measure, also known, as the Letwin amendment, was proposed by Oliver Letwin, an MP who was booted out of the Conservative parliamentary party last month by Boris Johnson when he supported anti no-deal legislation known as the Benn Act. The amendment - which received the support of the Northern Irish DUP party in the last minute - called for the House to "withhold support" from Johnson's plan until all of the legislation required to implement the bill is passed by Parliament as well.

And so with DUP support, the measure passed 322 to 306 effectively freezing the Brexit process once again, as Johnson is now legally obliged to request a Brexit extension from the EU if he can't pass his plan by 11 p.m. local time tonight (6 p.m. ET), which he can't.

 

 

MPs approve Letwin amendment to the Brexit deal

This amendment delays approval of the deal until the necessary legislation is passed

Ayes: 322
Noes: 306
Majority: 16

Live updates: http://bbc.in/2MvI6ER 

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Having just come back from Europe - ostensibly with a deal in tow and with Belgium saying no more delays are feasible - Boris Johnson will now have to once again ask the EU to delay the Brexit process.

Perhaps not surprisingly, a defiant Johnson has struck back and is now refusing to comply with the latest parliamentary vote, and the Prime Minister's office is now saying that "Parliament has voted to delay brexit yet again. The PM will not ask for an extension - he will tell EU leaders there should be no delays, they should reject Parliament's letter asking for a delay, and we should get Brexit done on October 31 with our new deal."

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