- Title: Protesters march on London as MPs vote for Letwin amendment to delay Brexit
- Date: 19th October 2019
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 19, 2019) (REUTERS) PEOPLE HOLDING EU FLAG AND PLACARDS READING (English): "STOP BREXIT" PLACARD DEPICTING BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON AS THE LATEST FILM VERSION OF "THE JOKER" VARIOUS OF MARCH IN PROGRESS FLOAT DEPICTING BORIS JOHNSON'S SENIOR ADVISOR, DOMINIC CUMMINGS, WITH DEVIL HORNS
- Embargoed: 2nd November 2019 16:22
- Keywords: Brexit Boris Johnson EU People's Vote Letwin amendment
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: European Union,Government/Politics,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA003B1RIU6F
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A HIGHLIGHTS WRAP OF MATERIAL THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN PUBLISHED. IT DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY FRESH MATERIAL
A defiant Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would not negotiate a further delay to Britain's departure from the European Union after losing a vote in parliament on Saturday (October 19) that means he is obliged to request a postponement.
On a day of high drama, lawmakers held the first Saturday sitting since the 1982 Argentine invasion of the Falklands, while hundreds of thousands of people gathered to march on parliament demanding another referendum on EU membership.
Parliament voted 322 to 306 in favour of an amendment put forward by Oliver Letwin, a former Conservative cabinet minister that withheld support for the Brexit deal Johnson clinched with the EU on Thursday. Protesters gathered outside the parliament building cheered as lawmakers voted in favour of Letwin's amendment.
According to legislation passed earlier, the vote means Johnson is obliged to write to the EU seeking a delay beyond Britain's scheduled departure date of Oct. 31. But Johnson has repeatedly said he will not do this and on Saturday he stuck to that line.
The European Commission said Britain must now inform the EU executive of its next steps as soon as possible.
The government will not now hold a vote on its Brexit deal on Saturday as planned. Parliament will debate and vote on Monday (October 21) on whether to approve Johnson's Brexit deal, the leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg said.
(Production: George Negas, Sarah Duffy)
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