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British lawmakers deal blow to PM over no-deal Brexit plan

LONDON, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost Tuesday his parliamentary majority and a crucial vote to allow parliament to debate a bill impeding a Brexit without a deal.

With the help of 21 MPs, from Johnson’s Conservative Party, the House of Commons approved the bill today with a big margin, 328 in favor versus 301 against.

This means that the bill has great chances to be voted into a law on Wednesday’s session.

The bill, if passed, will force the prime minister to request a Brexit delay to 31 January 2020 unless MPs had approved a new deal, or voted in favor of a no deal departure, by 19 October.

Today’s vote dealt a major blow to the prime minister’s plan to leave the EU by 31st October with or without a deal with EU.

Following the defeat, Johnson tabled a motion calling for snap elections, accusing the parliament of trying to wreck the Brexit negotiations.

“The people are going to have to choose. I can confirm tonight we are tabling a motion under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.,” he said.

Johnson’s motion, however, needs the support of two-thirds of the Commons members to hold an early election, which means that a considerable portion of the opposition has to support it.

Earlier today, Johnson said he would push for an election on 14 October if the government loses vote.

On Monday, the British premier re-affirmed his determination to get out of the European Union by end of next month with or without a deal.

“I want everybody to know there are no circumstances in which I will ask Brussels to delay. We are leaving on the 31st of October. No ifs or buts,” Johnson told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

Source: Kuwait News Agency