“I will not negotiate a delay with the EU,” PM Boris Johnson announced after Parliament voted by 322 to 306 for an amendment to delay approval of his new Brexit deal with Europe until he sought an extension of the Oct. 31 deadline. The House had been called into a special “super-Saturday” session to approve the deal. The amendment put the brakes on the process.
After his defeat, Johnson positively refused to ask for a three-month delay from Brussels, as the amendment required, and would instead introduce legislation on his Brexit deal next week. He said he would tell EU leaders to reject Parliament’s letter asking for a delay. “We should get Brexit done on Oct. 31 with our new deal so that the country can move on,” he said.
Parliament rejected a former Brexit deal three times, when it was presented in the last two years by Theresa May. forcing her to step down as prime minister. Johnson expects the EU to cooperate with his plan to outmaneuver parliament and reject any further delays.