UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government has abandoned efforts at the upper house of parliament to block a law aimed at preventing the country from leaving the European Union without an agreement.
The move paved the way for Johnson to be required to ask the European Union to extend the deadline for Brexit for three months if he fails to reach a negotiated interim deal with the bloc by mid-October.
Johnson said he opposed the extension and was ready to complete the exit without an agreement if necessary.
Conservatives in the House of Lords introduced a series of amendments in a bid to waste time and prevent the passage of a bill to delay the exit before parliament’s suspension on Monday.
But in the early hours of Thursday, the government in the House of Lords announced it had abandoned its opposition to the legislation.
Richard Newby, an opposition member of the House of Lords, said the government had abandoned its opposition after heavy defeats in some of the proposed amendments.
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