PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has said he will NOT negotiate a delay with the EU, despite Parliament voting for a Brexit delay.
The House voted not to approve the deal until related legislation has passed that would force the PM to send a letter asking for a Delay to Brexit.
Mr Johnson said: “I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so.”
He added: “Further delay would be bad for this country, bad for our EU and bad for democracy. So next week the Government will introduce the legislation needed for us to leave the EU with our new deal on October 31st and I hope that our EU colleagues and friends will not be attracted as the benches opposite are, or rather I should say the front bench, by delay.”
Boris faced a knife-edge Commons vote on his Brexit deal as Parliament met in the House on a special Saturday sitting for the first time in 37 years.
The Prime Minister appealed to MPs from across the political spectrum to back his agreement with Brussels and end a “painful chapter” as the October 31 deadline for withdrawal loomed.
LETWIN (DELAY) AMENDMENT
YES | 322
NO | 306
The division list for the Letwin amendment showed 231 Labour MPs voted for it alongside the 10 DUP MPs.
They were joined by 19 Liberal Democrats, 35 SNP MPs, 17 Independents, four Plaid Cymru MPs, five Independent Group for Change MPs and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.
The list added 283 Conservative MPs opposed it along with six Labour MPs and 17 Independents.
Meanwhile, thousands of second referendum supporters are marching on Parliament asking for a vote on the deal.
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DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds told the Commons: “This decision now will give further time for detailed consideration of the bill when it comes forward. It will also give an opportunity to consider in detail whatever amendments come forward.”
Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said the Government is planning to give MPs a chance to have a meaningful vote on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal on Monday.
Raising a point of order, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “In the light of today’s decision I should like to inform the House that Monday’s business now be a debate on a motion relating to section 13 1(b) of the European Union Withdrawal Act 2018.
“And I shall make a further business statement on Monday.”
Section 13 1(b) of the European Union Withdrawal Act 2018 requires that MPs have a “meaningful vote” on any Brexit deal in order for it to be ratified.
Sir Oliver Letwin told MPs: “I want to say first of all to the Prime Minister that I actually agreed with what he said at the end there and that I am absolutely certain he will comply with the law.
“I want to say to friends and colleagues across the House who helped us achieve this amendment that I believe to be profoundly in the national interest, that I am very grateful for that co-operation.”
He added: “Now, when the Prime Minister brings the Withdrawal Implementation Bill to the house of Commons, we will be voting for it, we will continue to vote for it. We will seek to ensure that it becomes the law before October 31. And if it does so become the law, this country will leave on October 31.
“A hope that I share with the Prime Minister, but it will do so on the basis of knowing should anything go wrong, we will not crash out without a deal on that date.”