Prime Minster Boris Johnson has reacted furiously to MPs after they backed the controversial Letwin amendment. The amendment was passed 322 to 306, forcing the Government to back down from their crunch Brexit deal vote today. Instead, Mr Johnson has urged politicians to pass his deal next week when he brings it back to the House of Commons, adding that he will continue “to commend this deal to the house”.
He insisted that he he would not negotiate a delay to Brexit beyond the 31st October.
Mr Johnson told the Commons: “I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so.
“I will tell our friends and colleagues in the EU exactly what I have told everyone else in the last 88 days that I have served as prime minister.
“That further delay would be bad for this country, bad for the European Union and bad for democracy.”
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hit back and said that Parliament has spoken.
He added: “It is an emphatic decision by this house. The prime minister must now comply with the law.”
Mr Corbyn added that Mr Johnson can no longer use the threat of a no deal crash-out to blackmail MPs.
The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford said that Mr Johnson had to ask for an extension – or face the legal consequences.
“I think it probably became likely once it became obvious that the amendment from my right honourable friend, the member for West Dorset was going to remain on the order paper.
“I continue in the very strong belief that the best thing for the UK, and for the whole of Europe is for us to leave with this new deal on October 31.
“To anticipate the questions that are coming from the benches opposite, I will not negotiate a delay with the EU.”
Sir Oliver Letwin said his amendment means that the MP can now vote for the deal with the intention that the UK leaves the EU on 31 October.