MPs back Brexit delay amendment yet Boris Johnson refuses to delay leaving the EU

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Boris Johnson’s hopes of getting Commons backing for his Brexit deal have hit a major stumbling block after MPs voted for an amendment which could force him to seek another delay.

In a special Saturday sitting, the Commons voted by 322 to 306, majority 16, in favour of the amendment by the former Cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin withholding approval until legislation to implement the deal is in place.

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MPs have approved Letwin’s amendment which seeks to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

They supported a motion which states they have considered the government’s Brexit deal but parliament “withholds approval” until all legislation implementing Brexit has been passed.

Labour’s Diane Abbott shared news of the vote:

Johnson must now ask the EU for a delay:

However, Johnson immediately said:

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

Which led some people to suggest this may yet wind up in court:

 

 

 

 

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