By Cristina Hodgson • 28 October 2019 • 20:44
Following from our earlier news in regards to today’s agenda at the Commons, the outcome has been the following:
MPs have rejected Boris Johnson’s third attempt for an early general election on December 12, but he told the Commons he would try again on Tuesday.
The government failed to force a snap general election on December 12, as only 299 MPs voted in favour of the motion – short of the required 434 MPs required for a two-thirds majority.
Mr Johnson confirmed he would table a short bill to amend the Fixed Term Parliament Act to allow an election on December 12, a vote which would only require a simple majority of MPs to back it.
20:20: Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the government will put forward a motion tomorrow for a short bill proposing a 12 December election (19:20 GMT)
18:45: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to EU Council President Donald Tusk accepting the extension to Brexit (17:45 GMT)
14:00: Downing Street confirms the Government will “introduce a Bill almost identical to the Lib Dem/SNP Bill tomorrow” to push for a December election if the vote on an election fails today (13:00 GMT)
10:30: European Council president Donald Tusk says the 27 remaining EU nations have agreed that it will accept the UK’s request for a Brexit “flextension” until 31 January 2020 and the decision is “expected to be formalised through a written procedure” (11:30 GMT)
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