Members of Parliament narrowly passed an amendment during an emergency session today, October 19, 2019, to postpone the decision on whether to vote “yes” or “no” to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. Parliament said it needed more time to review the deal Prime Minister Johnson concluded earlier this week with European leaders. The primary aim of the amendment is to ensure the UK cannot leave the EU on October 31, 2019, the current Brexit date, without enacting detailed legislation governing the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
Today’s vote effectively requires the Prime Minister to request a third extension of the withdrawal date, which would postpone Brexit until January 31, 2020. But the Prime Minister has stated he will not seek an extension.