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UK’s House of Lords approves law to stop ‘no-deal’ Brexit

Brexit: Opposition parties to reject PM election move

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Britain’s upper House of Lords on Friday gave final approval to a law aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit in a major defeat for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government.

The law, which would require Johnson to seek a three-month delay to Brexit if he does not manage to strike a deal with the EU by October 19, will now go for formal approval by Queen Elizabeth II.

Meanwhile UK opposition parties have agreed not to back Boris Johnson’s demand for a general election before the EU summit in mid-October.

Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP and Plaid Cymru say they will vote against the government or abstain in Monday’s vote on whether to hold a snap poll.

But the PM said the parties were making an “extraordinary political mistake”.

Mr Johnson wants an election to take place on 15 October, ahead of that date and the EU summit on 17 and 18 October.

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