MPs have voted as you may be aware from our earlier news reports not to give their approval to the prime minister’s Brexit deal until he has passed all necessary legislation.
The result forces Boris Johnson to seek an extension to the Article 50 negotiating period tonight, and maybe delaying Brexit beyond 31 October.
The House of Commons voted 322 to 306 in favour of an amendment, proposed by former Conservative minister Sir Oliver Letwin the rebel Dorset MP, to a motion on the prime minister’s Brexit deal.
After the DUP gave their backing to Sir Oliver’s amendment. The vote went against Mr Johnson, who has promised to deliver Brexit on 31 October after the DUP gave their backing to Sir Oliver’s amendment.
The Northern Ireland party being fiercely opposed to the prime minister’s Brexit deal.
So what happens next? it’s mind-boggling as it is but here’s the next stages to follow after today’s vote.
1. The PM has to write to the EU requesting an Article 50 extension beyond 31 October
2. He will try and put his Brexit deal to another vote in the House of Commons on Monday
3. The government will also introduce necessary Brexit legislation
4. If that legislation passes before 31 October, the UK is still able to leave the EU on that date.