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Boris After Brexit Vote: 'Opportunity' Has Been Lost

British parliament votes to delay the PM's deal
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2019 9:30 AM CDT
Anti-Brexit supporters cheer outside parliament in London, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. Britain's Parliament voted delaying approval of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal, but Johnson said there...   (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
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(Newser) – British parliament faced a dramatic Brexit vote Saturday and chose, by a slim margin, to seek further delay. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new deal with the EU appeared "tantalizingly close" to passing when a delay amendment brought by an ousted member of his Conservative Party passed by 322 to 306—just 16 votes, the Guardian reports. The amendment requires that Johnson ask the EU for an extension if he can't get his plan approved by 11pm local time. For more:

  • Lack of meaning: "Alas, the opportunity to have a meaningful vote has effectively been passed up," said Boris in parliament after the delay vote passed, per CNN. "The meaningful vote has been voided of meaning."

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