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A bid to get UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s hotly contested Brexit deal delivered in time for the promised October 31st deadline appears to have failed, as Members of Parliament voted against the accelerated timetable put before them Tuesday evening.
A last-minute Brexit deal agreed between government negotiators and the European Union last week will probably not be delivered by the October 31st “do or die” date promised by Boris Johnson after a vote on accelerating progress to make the deal law in time was defeated in the House.
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This blow for the government came despite MPs voting to approve his deal to go forwards just moments before, and would have passed were it not for dissenting Northern Irish MPs who believe the new deal is a betrayal of the province.
Both votes were considered to be knife-edge decisions and leave the path towards Brexit, either by the end of October as repeatedly promised or another date in the future remaining unclear. Boris Johnson himself looked despondent in the chamber after the vote was read out, but took to his feet with renewed energy and focussed first on the fact the House had voted to approve his deal, stating “we should not underestimate the significance of this moment”.
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Looking at the route forward for his deal, the Prime Minister again piled the pressure on Members in the house — the majority of which were against Brexit during the 2016 referendum and many of which who would go to almost any length to prevent Britain leaving without a deal — by announcing the government would respond to Tuesdays’ vote by intensifying no-deal preparations.
While the government insists it is best to leave the European Union with a deal, many Brexiteers insist any new deal the EU would agree to would not be a full Brexit and...
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