UK parliament votes to block no-deal Brexit until at least Jan 31, 2020
The bill will now pass to the upper chamber
- The vote is 327-299
The Bill would require that unless the House of Commons approves a deal with the EU or the House of Commons agrees a no-deal Brexit, the Government must by 19 October 2019 seek an extension to the Article 50 period until 31 January 2020.
Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, general elections are scheduled to take place every five years and the next general election is scheduled to take place on 5 May 2022. However, the Fixed-term Parliaments Act allows for an earlier election to take place:
- if a motion for an early general election is agreed either by at least two-thirds of the whole House or without division;
- or, if a motion of no confidence is passed and no alternative government is confirmed by the Commons within 14 days.