The UK parliament has just rejected Boris Johnson’s three-day timetable for debating his Brexit withdrawal deal.
MPs have voted to reject the government’s timetable for the passage of the bill that would implement the prime minister’s Brexit deal.
They voted against by 322 to 308; a majority of 14.
Boris Johnson said earlier today he would withdraw the bill and seek a general election if he lost the vote.
Confusingly, the government had earlier won approval for the withdrawal deal during its second reading by a comfortable majority of 329-299, giving the government hopes that its timetable would also pass.
Johnson now says that he will hit the ‘pause’ button on the legislation but insists he will proceed with the withdrawal plan.
I have no idea what happens now. With Brexit, there never seems to be any final outcome.