What Happened: The British House of Commons has rejected an accelerated timetable for approving a withdrawal agreement bill with the European Union after lending its support to the legislation in an earlier vote, the BBC reported Oct. 22. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said after the vote that he would "pause" the bill until the European Union decides on whether to grant another Brexit extension.
Why It Matters: An expedited timeline would have allowed Johnson to finalize Brexit before the scheduled withdrawal date on Oct. 31. However, Parliament's support for the bill indicates that Johnson can rely on a majority to support his Brexit agreement.
Background: The House of Commons delayed a vote on the withdrawal agreement bill on Oct. 19, forcing Johnson to request an official Brexit extension from the European Union.
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