UK lawmakers approve special Saturday sitting to debate and vote on Brexit deal

Anti-Brexiteers demonstrate near the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London October 17, 2019. — AFP pic
Anti-Brexiteers demonstrate near the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London October 17, 2019. — AFP pic

LONDON, Oct 17 — British lawmakers today approved the government’s plan to hold a special sitting of parliament on Saturday to vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal.

Lawmakers also approved a change to the rules of Saturday’s debate which will allow multiple amendments to be put forward for a possible vote.

This could allow ideas like making acceptance of the deal conditional on a second referendum to be tested in parliament. The government was opposed to the rule change, but lost a vote on it by 287 to 275. — Reuters

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