Britain’s Parliament has been suspended for five weeks after a night of drama in which MPs again rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s attempts to force a snap election.
More than two-thirds of the Parliament, or 434 MPs, were needed to back the motion calling a general election, but that figure was well short after Labour and other opposition parties chose to abstain from voting.
It was the sixth major defeat for the Prime Minister in just his fifth day in the House of Commons.
MPs will now be sent home and Parliament suspended, or prorogued, until October 14 — just two weeks before the October 31 Brexit deadline.
Earlier in the day new legislation that will force Mr Johnson to head to Brussels to seek a Brexit delay until January 2020, unless a deal or no-deal Brexit is approved by MPs by October 19, was passed into law.