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Prime Minister Boris Johnson's motion to hold an early election failed to for the second time achieve the required supermajority in the House of Commons on Monday.

The vote was passed with 293 in favour and 46 against, leaving Johnson 141 short of two thirds of all MPs.

At present, the UK is set to leave the EU on October 31, regardless of whether a withdrawal deal has been agreed.

But new legislation, which was granted royal assent on Monday, will force the prime minister to seek a delay unless a deal is approved by MPs by October 19.

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