What next in Britain's Brexit crisis?

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Britain will leave the European Union on October 31 unless it asks the bloc to delay, and the leaders of the other 27 member states agree.

After MPs rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson's second bid to call an early election to solve the Brexit impasse, he is left in limbo heading towards a crucial EU summit next month, just days before Britain's scheduled exit.

This would take effect if the prime minister has failed to get a divorce deal or somehow persuaded MPs to back a"no deal" exit by October 19.Johnson could still keep to the October 31 deadline if he manages to secure a deal with the EU that wins the approval of a majority of MPs -- but it is a huge task.

Johnson had hoped his threat to walk away without a deal would persuade them to renegotiate, and says MPs' actions have undermined his strategy. There is speculation Johnson could resign rather than ask for a delay, but someone -- perhaps a civil servant, or an opposition politician -- would have to make the request.


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