The Bill to stop a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, set to pass in the House of Lords, tomorrow.

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A Bill to stop a ‘no-deal’ Brexit will complete its passage through the House of Lords, tomorrow.

The proposed legislation was passed in the House of Commons yesterday, inflicting a defeat on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

There were fears that pro-Brexit peers could deliberately hold up the bill, so it could not get Royal Assent before Parliament is prorogued next week.
However, the Conservative Chief Whip in the House of Lords announced a breakthrough, after talks with the Labour Party.
The agreement was announced after a momentous day in the House of Commons, in which the Prime Minister suffered defeats over his Brexit Bill and his plan for a snap General Election.

Mr Johnson had wanted a General Election on 15th October, but the Labour Party and other opposition MPs would not back the move, as long as the option of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit remained open.

Under the rules set by the Fixed Terms Parliaments Act, the Prime Minister needed two-thirds of all MPs to vote in favour for the dissolution of the legislature; however, after Labour whipped its members to abstain, there were only 298 votes in favour of the motion and 56 against.
That left Mr Johnson, 133 short of his target.

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