The historic moment Boris Johnson realised he would be forced to ask EU for Brexit extension

Saturday 19 October 2019 14:15

After a dramatic day in parliament as part of the so-called Super Saturday to vote on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, MPs have sensationally voted to withhold approval for the deal by approving the Letwin Amendment.

Boris Johnson's Brexit deal faced further setbacks after the House of Commons voted by a margin of 322 votes to 306.

The results mean that a meaningful vote on the prime minister's deal will be delayed so it can be further scrutinised, and thus cannot get parliamentary approval for the deal by the end of 19 October as required by the Benn Act. This in turn will now require the PM to write to Brussels to ask for an extension to the end of January.

Johnson reacted in typical fashion telling MPs:

Alas, the opportunity to have a meaningful vote has effectively been passed up because the meaningful vote has been voided of meaning. I wish the house to know I'm not daunted or dismayed by this particular result.

I continue in the very strong belief that the best thing for the UK and the whole of Europe is for us to leave with this new deal on 31 October. And, to anticipate the questions that are coming from the benches opposite, I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so.

He further added:

I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so.

The next big vote will be on Monday to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

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