British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to secure a divorce deal with the European Union at a crucial summit in October, after lawmakers voted for a second time to reject his bid to hold a snap election.
Johnson had wanted to hold an election in mid-October, before a European Union summit on October 17 and before the country is due to leave the bloc on October 31.
“This government will press on with negotiating a deal, while preparing to leave without one,” Johnson told parliament.
“I will go to that crucial summit on October the 17th and no matter how many devices this parliament invents to tie my hands, I will strive to get an agreement in the national interest.
British MPs on Tuesday voted against holding an early election next month in a fresh blow for beleaguered Johnson.
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The law compels the government to ask the EU for a three-month delay if no deal has been agreed by October 19.