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Parliament again thwarts Boris Johnson on Brexit

Johnson heads to Parliament. Photo: Getty

After approving Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal in principle, Parliament rejected the expedited timeline on which Johnson aimed to finalize it — making his pledge to take the U.K. out of the EU by Oct. 31 all but impossible.

Why it matters: This was nearly a massive victory for Johnson, as it's the first time Parliament — which rejected Theresa May's deal three times — expressed approval for any Brexit plan. Now it's over to the EU to determine whether to grant an extension, though the bloc is widely expected to do so.

  • Johnson had threatened to pull his bill and demand a general election if he lost today's vote on the timeline.
  • But he was more measured after the vote, insisting that the U.K. would be leaving the EU with his deal.
  • He did say the U.K. would step up preparations for a "no deal" exit, on the grounds that there is no guarantee that an extension will be ironed out by Halloween.

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