European Commission awaiting UK’s goverment position after today’s vote

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The European Commission issued its reaction to today’s development saying that takes note of the vote in the House of Commons today on the so-called Letwin amendment meaning that the withdrawal agreement itself was not put to vote today. It will be for the UK government to inform us about the next steps as soon as possible.

A spokesman for the European Council president Donald Tusk declined to comment. Ambassadors for the EU27 will meet on Sunday morning.

Boris Johnson said he would not negotiate a further delay to Britain’s departure from the European Union after MPs voted on Saturday to postpone a vote on his Brexit deal.

The British parliament voted 322 to 306 in favour of an amendment put forward by Oliver Letwin, a former Conservative cabinet minister.

According to legislation passed earlier, the vote means Johnson is obliged to write to the European Union seeking a delay beyond Britain’s scheduled departure date of Oct. 31.


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