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Boris Johnson defeated in key Brexit vote in the Commons

22 October 2019

7:20 PM

22 October 2019

7:20 PM

Boris Johnson has suffered defeat in a key Commons vote after MPs voted down his bid to fast track his Brexit bill through Parliament. MPs voted 322 to 308 not to push the legislation through Parliament in three days.

The Prime Minister’s bill initially cleared its first hurdle in the Commons after MPs backed the withdrawal bill. MPs voted for a second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill by 329 votes to 299, a majority of 30. But the victory was reversed in a subsequent vote to approve the PM’s programme motion. Defeat means that the UK is now highly unlikely to leave the EU on 31 October.


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