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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, to go to the Houses of Parliament in London on Saturday. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP hide caption
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, to go to the Houses of Parliament in London on Saturday.
The British parliament delayed a vote on a Brexit deal by three months Saturday, another defeat for Prime Minister Boris Johnson in what had appeared to have been a breakthrough in negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
As people marched through the streets of London calling for a second referendum, parliament met for a rare Saturday session to vote on Johnson's new agreement. The session was supposed to be a straight up-and-down vote, but an amendment put forth by former Conservative Oliver Letwin and approved by parliament delayed the vote by three months.
The Letwin Amendment puts the brakes on an immediate vote on Johnson's plan, instead requiring parliament to pass the legislation needed to implement his plan before the vote. This opens up the possibility of the plan being altered in the three-month span, with continued debate and amendments that would not have been possible with an immediate up-and-down vote.
Should that happen, President Tusk will consult all 27 Heads of State & Govt on whether or not we will grant one. Extension can only be granted by unanimity. #Brexit— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) October 19, 2019
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