MPs vote to back legislation blocking no-deal Brexit – Not enough votes for early election

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Update : Boris Johnson has lost a bid to call an early general election to break the Brexit deadlock.

Johnson’s Conservative Party failed to win the two-thirds majority needed to call a snap election, mustering only 298 of the 434 votes required.

Meanwhile the government has ended its opposition in the Lords to a bill attempting to avoid a no-deal Brexit in October.

It is designed to stop the UK falling out of the EU if Boris Johnson does not get a Brexit deal or MPs do not back leaving the without an agreement in place.

Those in favour of the bill had feared pro-Brexit peers were gearing up for an all-night sitting to prevent it being debated and voted on.

But shortly before 1.30am the government announced it was dropping its opposition to the bill and all stages in the Lords would be completed by 5pm on Friday.

Earlier: MPs approve Brexit delay law at final House of Commons stage by 327 votes to 299. It now goes to the House of Lords for approval.

The legislation forces UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask the EU to delay Brexit until January 31, unless he has a deal approved by parliament beforehand on the terms of the exit.

The bill now moves on to the UK’s upper parliament, the House of Lords. It has to be approved there before it goes on to get royal assent.

Boris Johnson said: “There must now be an election on Tuesday 15 October … It is very sad that MPs have voted like this.” He added “country must decide whether he or Jeremy Corbyn must attend Brexit negotiations with the EU in October on behalf of the British people.”

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Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson thanks the MPs from across the Commons who have worked to pass the no-deal legislation.

She says they have put the “national interest first”.

Swinson says Boris Johnson has wanted to be PM for so long it’s been “almost painful to watch”.

She claims he has “said whatever comes into his head” to get the job

“The Prime Minister knows there is no mandate for no-deal, no majority support for it in the country and no majority for it in this house” says Jeremy Corbyn

Via Euronews – RTE – Sky

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