'A rebel alliance of British lawmakers, made up of opposition and Tory MPs, have secured victory in the UK's parliament, to stop a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, forcing PM Boris Johnson to seek a three-month extension from Brussels.
The bill, tabled by Labour’s Hilary Benn and supported by the likes of Ken Clarke and Churchill's grandson, Nicholas Soames, who have been expelled from the Conservative Party, was passed by 327 votes to 299 in the House of Commons after the third and final reading on Wednesday night. It’s a hammer blow to Johnson, who has repeatedly promised to take Britain out of the EU, with or without a deal, by October 31.
Johnson responded to the defeat by saying there is now “only one way forward” and “there must now be an election on Tuesday 15 of October.”
However, the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party will back an election only after a ‘no-deal’ is completely ruled out.
The new law calls for the prime minister to obtain an extension to Article 50 from the EU that runs to “11pm on 31 January 2020.”
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