Written by Reuters
20 Oct, 2019 | 3:16 pm
Reuters – British newspapers went to print dominated by the seemingly never-ending Brexit saga on Sunday (October 20), a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost a crucial vote on his new withdrawal deal in parliament. Johnson had hoped that Saturday would see recalcitrant lawmakers support the divorce deal he agreed with EU leaders this week and finally end three years of political deadlock since the 2016 referendum vote to leave the bloc.
Instead, lawmakers voted 322 to 306 in favour of an amendment that turned Johnson’s planned finale on its head by leaving the prime minister exposed to a humiliating obligation to ask the EU for a delay until the end of January 2020, and increasing the opportunity for opponents to frustrate Brexit. Johnson has been promising that he will take the country out of the bloc on Oct. 31, come what may, and after the amendment passed, he struck a defiant tone.
European Council President Donald Tusk said he had spoken to Johnson and an EU official said Johnson had confirmed in that call that the letter asking the EU for an extension would indeed be sent. However weary EU leaders are of the long and tortuous road to Brexit, it seems likely that the bloc will grant a delay.
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