June 17, 2024
Johnson Loses Vote to Expedite Brexit Proposal, Making Withdrawal by End of Month Unlikely
Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn hailed the rejection of Johnson’s fast-tracked Brexit.
Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn hailed the rejection of Johnson’s fast-tracked Brexit.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost a Parliamentary vote on Tuesday to fast-track his Brexit proposal, all but ensuring that his government will fail to facilitate an exit from the European Union by October 31 as previously promised.

Johnson, who has said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than delay Brexit, has threatened to call a general election if the vote didn’t pass.

Britain’s House of Commons did, however, vote to pass Johnson’s bill to ratify Brexit. The bill, which passed 329-299, formally commits Britain to exiting the E.U.

The vote marks the first time Parliament has agreed in principle to Brexit.

Johnson had reached a tentative agreement with Brussels on October 17 on withdrawing from the E.U., but faced resistance when he tried to call a vote on the the agreement in Parliament.

Lawmakers initially withheld approval of the agreement on Saturday. Johnson then tried to schedule a vote on Monday to ratify the bill, but was rebuffed by Parliament Speaker John Bercow, who said the vote would be “repetitive and disorderly.”

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