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Ireland’s Varadkar says no British request to delay Brexit yet

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

London, Oct 19: Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday afternoon that Britain had not yet made a request to delay Brexit, after Johnson lost a vote in the House of Commons which means that he is obliged to ask for an extension.

“The EU & UK agreed a Withdrawal Agreement on Thursday that defends Ireland’s interests. The Commons voted today to defer a decision on whether or not to ratify that agreement. To date, no request for an extension has been made by the UK Government,” he said on Twitter.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday suffered a setback in Parliament after MPs voted for an amendment to defer a decision on his Brexit deal with the European Union.

The MPs voted through the Letwin amendment to delay Brexit until necessary UK legislation is passed, the BBC reported.

Johnson, who opened the debate soon after Parliament sat for discussion on his Brexit deal saying his deal with the EU can “heal the country”, had to deal with disappointment.

The British Parliament sat for the first time in 37 years on Saturday to take up Johnson’s Brexit deal agreed with the EU.

There were loud cheers at the People’s Vote rally in Parliament Square as the Letwin amendment was passed in the House of Commons.

The latest development implies that Parliament will not vote on Johnson’s deal until next week.

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