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UK: Parliament passes Brexit Withdrawal deal but rejects timetable

United Kingdom, London
October 22, 2019 at 19:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

The House of Commons voted to advance Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal to the next stage of voting, but rejected the timetable laid out by the government in two successive votes in London, on Tuesday.

The deal, which avoided the Irish backstop by laying out a customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, was approved by the House of Commons in a 329-299 vote. However, it will not advance to the House of Lords for the moment as Parliament rejected the three-day timetable laid out by the PM.

"The government must take the only responsible course, and accelerate our preparations for a no-deal outcome," Johnson said, adding that the legislation would be on hold for the moment.

He concluded, "One way or another, we will leave the EU with this deal to which this House has just given its assent, and I thank members across the House for that hard-won agreement."

Johnson has asked the EU for another extension of the October 31 Brexit deadline.

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The House of Commons voted to advance Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal to the next stage of voting, but rejected the timetable laid out by the government in two successive votes in London, on Tuesday.

The deal, which avoided the Irish backstop by laying out a customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, was approved by the House of Commons in a 329-299 vote. However, it will not advance to the House of Lords for the moment as Parliament rejected the three-day timetable laid out by the PM.

"The government must take the only responsible course, and accelerate our preparations for a no-deal outcome," Johnson said, adding that the legislation would be on hold for the moment.

He concluded, "One way or another, we will leave the EU with this deal to which this House has just given its assent, and I thank members across the House for that hard-won agreement."

Johnson has asked the EU for another extension of the October 31 Brexit deadline.

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