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Brexit news: U.K. Parliament meets for Brexit deal vote in rare Saturday session

10 Downing go to the Houses of Parliament in London on Saturday.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pressing ahead to try to win parliamentary backing for his new Brexit deal even as the European Union considers his grudging request to extend the looming October 31 Brexit deadline. However, putting this legislation into effect meant that Johnson's new deal could not be voted on.

While the Conservatives are focused on getting more votes, the opposition Labour Party was in favor of a second referendum on the whole question of leaving the EU.

He had hoped to pass his own newly struck deal at an extraordinary sitting of parliament on Saturday but that was derailed by a legislative booby trap set by a rebel lawmaker concerned that Britain might still drop out without a deal.

A vote is possible in the coming days, with the result uncertain. But he followed it with a signed letter indicating that he does not favour another Brexit extension.

Rebel Labour MP Caroline Flint blasted Remainers who had underestimated Mr Johnson's odds of getting a Brussels deal, hitting out: 'This was a panic measure to reinsert the three-month delay for one reason only to thwart a deal.' Yesterday's results indicate Mr Johnson may actually have the numbers to pass his Brexit deal in a straight up-and-down vote, with 306 voting with the Government including all 283 now serving Conservative MPs and 11 of the 21 Tories expelled by Mr Johnson last month. European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted, "The extension request has just arrived".

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said Tusk would consult with other leaders "in the next days".

Johnson has been adamant from the outset that he would refuse to ask for an extension.

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In the second letter, Johnson wrote to Tusk that "a further extension would damage the interests of the United Kingdom and our European Union partners, and the relationship between us". A unanimous agreement among European Union nations is needed to approve a delay. One of his most senior ministers said Britain would still leave the bloc on October 31.

One of the leading members of Johnson's cabinet warned lawmakers on Sunday the country could crash out on October 31 if Parliament rejects Johnson's Brexit deal.

Acting on Lord Keen's behalf, the government's lawyers told the court there was no need to issue an interdict because Johnson accepted "that he is subject to the public law principle that he can not frustrate its objective or the goal of its provisions".

At home, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he believes Johnson has enough support to get his deal through Parliament, but added the government would keep talking with its Northern Ireland ally, the Democratic Unionist Party, to persuade it to back the deal.

I will "not negotiate a delay with the European Union and neither does the law compel me to do so", Johnson added.

His Conservative Party does not have a majority, which required him to reach across the aisle on Saturday to opposition lawmakers in the Independence and Labor parties.

He said: "This deal presents a unique opportunity to resolve this most intractable issue and to move on and bring our country together again".

Outside parliament, tens of thousands of people marching to demand a new referendum that might reverse Brexit erupted into cheers at the vote.

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That way, the accord would be squared away, from the perspective of the Europeans, on the off-chance that Johnson manages to win approval in London.

NPR's London correspondent Frank Langfitt spoke with Weekend Edition about the differences between Johnson's plan and former Prime Minster Theresa May's previous attempts.

"The prime minister must now comply with the law".

"Reject Brexit", "Put It To The People" and "Stop This Madness" read some of the placards at the march, where many protesters also waved European Union flags.

"Frankly, there's Brexit fatigue here".

After the Saturday showdown in Parliament came a kind of Sunday hangover, with the British people, and the Europeans, in a bit of a fog, as they read the morning papers and slurped tea.

Mr Drakeford said the planned Brexit deal could have serious implications for Welsh ports due to a customs agreement effectively putting a border in the Irish Sea.

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