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UK parliament approves proposal aimed at preventing no-deal Brexit

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY VIDEO) — The United Kingdom’s parliament has backed a proposal designed to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request a three-month Brexit extension from the European Union, prompting the British leader to shelve a decisive vote on his recently-brokered divorce deal.

MPs on Saturday voted 322 to 306 in favour of the amendment, which was brought forward by former Conservative MP Oliver Letwin and backed by a cross-party alliance of opposition legislators.

The amendment in effect prevents Johnson’s Brexit deal being approved until parliament has signed off on all requisite withdrawal legislation.

The EU must approve any delay to the existing withdrawal date, now less than two weeks away.

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