Remainers BLOCK Boris Johnson's crunch Brexit vote

Mail Online | 10/19/2019 | James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline
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Boris Johnson vowed not to 'negotiate a delay' to Brexit today after his moment of triumph on a deal was dramatically snatched away by a Remainer plot.

Despite frantic efforts, the PM failed to fend off an amendment tabled by former Cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin, which prevented his new package being put to a formal vote this afternoon.

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Mr Johnson now faces being compelled by the Benn Act to ask the EU for a Brexit extension tonight - but he defiantly insisted he would not change his stance.

Responding to the result, he raged: 'The best thing for the UK and for the whole of Europe is for us to leave with this new deal on October 31.

'No - Delays - Brexit - October

He added: 'No delays, and I will continue to do all I can to get Brexit done on October 31.'

Mr Johnson said his deal is not dead and he is expected to bring forward implementation legislation and hold a new vote on Tuesday.

'The - Vote - Meaning

He swiped: 'The meaningful vote has been voided of meaning.'

But during angry scenes in the chamber, Jeremy Corbyn demanded the PM 'obeys the law' and asked the EU for an extension. Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson urged Speaker John Bercow to suspend the sitting so the PM could go and write the letter, and return to inform them it can be sent.

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Downing Street flatly refused to say whether the PM would be penning the letter to Brussels, merely pointing reporters to the PM's words in the House.

Tory whips had admitted they were not hopeful of defeating the Letwin amendment - which he insists is only intended to stave off the threat of No Deal. 'Lots of people do seem to have been brought in by his arguments sadly,' one told told MailOnline.

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Mr Johnson held last-ditch meetings with the...
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