(PM) – The United Kingdom’s parliament has approved a proposal architected to avoid the no-deal departure from the European Union on October 31.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is forced to request a three-month Brexit extension from the EU after the parliament backed a proposal designed to avoid the no-deal departure from the bloc on October 31.
On Saturday, MPs voted 322 to 306 in favor of the amendment which will prevent Johnson’s Brexit deal being approved until the parliament has signed off on all the required withdrawal legislation, ensuring the UK will not leave the bloc without a deal on the existing October 31 departure date.
Prime Minister Johnson is obliged by law to ask the EU for a Brexit delay until the end of January 2020 if he fails to broker a deal by the end of Saturday.
The prime minister regretted the parliament’s decision, saying that the opportunity to have a meaningful vote on his deal on Saturday had been passed up, but he vowed to bring back the plan to MPs for consideration next week.
However, the Conservative Party leader pledged to fight for his initial bid to take the UK out of the bloc by the end of October.
“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,” Prime Minister Johnson said.
Mina Andreeva, a spokesperson for the European Commission, said the EU’s executive branch was aware of the Saturday’s vote in the British parliament and called the UK government to inform the bloc about the next steps as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, opposition MPs threatened the prime minister to ask for the extension or face legal consequences.
“Any failure of a prime minister who thinks he is above the law – well, prime minister, you’ll find yourself in court,” said Ian Blackford of the Scottish National Party (SNP).
The voting that took place on Saturday was the first time since 1982, when the parliament met to discuss the Falklands war.