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U.K.: Parliament Postpones Vote on Johnson's Brexit Deal

1 MIN READOct 19, 2019 | 14:42 GMT

What Happened: British lawmakers voted Oct. 19 to delay a vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal with the European Union, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Why It Matters: Parliament voted 322 to 306 to put off its decision on Johnson's Brexit deal, effectively forcing the prime minister to ask the European Union for a delay to the United Kingdom's scheduled Oct. 31 departure date. Johnson defiantly said he would not negotiate a further delay after Parliament's vote. The delay gives lawmakers another chance to scrutinize — and possibly change — the terms of the United Kingdom's Brexit departure.

Background: Johnson struck a Brexit deal this week with EU leaders. The ongoing Brexit debate has bitterly divided the United Kingdom since voters chose in a 2016 referendum to leave the European Union.

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