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British prime minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he would not negotiate a delay to Brexit, after MPs backed a proposal to withhold approval for his agreement until formal ratification legislation has passed.

If a deal is not approved by parliament by the end of Saturday, Mr Johnson is required by law to ask the European Union for a three-month delay to Brexit.

After the vote, the PM said: “I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so.”

However, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Mr. Johnson must comply with the terms of the vote.

In a special Saturday sitting, the Commons voted by 322 to 306 – a majority 16 – in favour of the amendment, withholding approval until legislation to implement the deal is in place.