- Title: â€œWe need more time,â€ Londoners back Brexit delay
- Date: 23rd October 2019
- Summary: RESULTS OF PARLIAMENT VOTES ON THE GUARDIAN'S FRONT PAGE
- Embargoed: 6th November 2019 09:45
- Keywords: brexit developments commuter opinions reactions houses of parliament boris johnson brexit deal parliament vote
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003B2BIR0N
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- Story Text: Londoners backed a Brexit delay on Wednesday (October 23), after Prime Minister Boris Johnson paused legislation on his deal following a parliamentary defeat as Britain spins towards a possible election to break the impasse.
As the clock ticks down to the deadline for Britain's departure on October 31, Brexit is hanging in the balance as divided lawmakers debate when, how and even whether it should happen more than three years since the 2016 referendum.
In another day of Brexit drama in the 800-year-old Westminster seat of power, lawmakers handed Johnson the first major parliamentary victory of his premiership by signalling their support for his deal in an early legislative hurdle on Tuesday (October 22).
But that was overshadowed just minutes later when lawmakers defeated him on his timetable to rush the legislation through the House of Commons in just three days, prompting the government to say it would pause the legislative process.
EU Council President Donald Tusk recommended late on Tuesday evening that the leaders of the remaining 27 member states back a delay.
It is now for the rest of the bloc to decide whether the October 31 deadline should be pushed back to the end of January as requested by Johnson in a letter he was forced to send on Saturday by British lawmakers.
(Production: Ben Makori, Gerhard Mey, Iona Serappica)
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