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Johnson’s withdrawal agreement: what happens next?

The PM is now legally obliged to apply for an extension. But his deal could still squeak through in the coming days

By Steve Peers  

Photo: Han Yan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Today was meant to be the final resolution of the Brexit saga—or rather this phase of it (talks on the future relationship with the EU are the inevitable next step after Brexit day). Instead, the decisive vote on Boris Johnson’s revised withdrawal agreement was forestalled, with MPs instead voting to support Oliver Letwin’s amendment which deferred a vote for now. What happens next?

First and foremost, the failure to vote for a withdrawal agreement by 19th October triggers the obligation under the Benn…

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