United Kingdom lawmakers vote to delay key decision on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal

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It was accompanied by a second letter, signed by Johnson, arguing that delay would "damage the interests of the United Kingdom and our European Union partners".

A handout picture released by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson making a statement in the House of Commons in London on October 19, 2019.

Three years after the country voted 52%-48% to leave the European project, many Britons say they are bored with the whole Brexit argument and just want the process to end.

The law, named after opposition Labour MP Hilary Benn, compels Johnson to deliver a letter to EU Council president Donald Tusk to formally request a delay, which he has vowed not to do.

The prime minister signalled that he would do that, but under duress.

"His juvenile refusal to even sign the letter confirms what we always suspected that Johnson with his arrogant sense of entitlement considers he is above the law and above accountability".

An EU source said that once Mr Tusk received the letter, he would start consulting EU leaders on how to react - which may take a few days, BBC Brussels reporter Adam Fleming reported.

The delay to Saturday's vote on Johnson's new Brexit agreement came in the form of an amendment put forward by Oliver Letwin, a former Conservative lawmaker exiled from the party by Johnson.

The EU's budget commissioner, Guenther Oettinger, was quoted Saturday as telling Germany's Welt am Sonntag newspaper that if British lawmakers reject Johnson's deal, the U.K.is likely to crash out of the bloc with no deal.

The letter requesting an extension was not signed.

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Johnson won the top job by staking his career on getting Brexit done by the latest deadline of October 31 after his predecessor, Theresa May, was forced to delay the departure date.

Earlier in the day, Johnson told lawmakers that "further delay would be bad for this country, bad for the European Union and bad for democracy".

The Observer carries a large picture of the People's Vote march alongside news of Johnson's "humiliating Commons defeat".

"I will not negotiate a delay with the European Union and neither does the law compel me to do so", Johnson told MPs following the vote.

Even though Johnson believes this can be achieved by October 31, others think it would need a short "technical" delay in Britain's departure from the EU. The smaller and more pro-European Liberal Democrats say they would stay in the bloc without holding a second vote.

"The goal of the bill is to ensure that the United Kingdom does not leave the European Union on the 31st of October without an agreement, unless parliament consents", Benn said at the time.

Instead, he said his government will introduce fresh Brexit legislation when the Commons meets again next week.

Speaker John Bercow said he would rule on Monday whether it was in order for the Government to hold the vote, after not pressing ahead with it on Saturday following its defeat on the Letwin amendment. London, where the protest took place, has been the hotbed of Remain anger, as a majority of their fellow Britons voted in a way disagreeable to the urban class.

But Johnson responded with characteristic defiance, sparking outrage among opposition MPs - and fresh uncertainty about what happens next.

The party is furious about the proposed customs arrangements for Northern Ireland which would see checks on goods coming from the rest of the UK.

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