Brexit Bill paused after Commons rejects timetable
11:25, Wednesday, 23 October, 2019
For the very first time the House of Commons has voted in favour of a Brexit agreement, but crucially MPs have rejected Boris Johnson's timetable for passing the necessary legislation. The first of two votes was on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the main Brexit legislation, which turns the Prime Minister's Brexit deal into law. The government won that by 329 votes to 299, a majority of 30. But it lost the second vote on the Parliamentary timetable, by 14 votes, because a majority of MPs didn't think three days was long enough to scrutinise such an important bill. The Prime Minister said the bill would now be paused, and the EU has signalled tonight that it will accept the UK's request for another Brexit delay.