U.K. lawmakers rejected a motion by Boris Johnson for a snap election on Wednesday, voting down the motion by a decisive margin.
Johnson called for an election to take place in mid-October soon after the House of Commons approved a bill earlier Wednesday to prevent the U.K. from leaving the European Union on Oct. 31 without a deal in place. Those supporting the no-deal measure include members of Johnson’s own party, who broke from the party line Tuesday to back the bill and were subsequently forced out of the bloc.
The motion for a new election needed the support of two-thirds of Parliament but fell short by 136 votes. Members of the opposition Labour Party abstained from the vote.
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