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Live Reporting

Matt Cannon

All times stated are UK

  1. Another day of Brexit drama - so what next?

    Boris Johnson at the dispatch box on Tuesday
    Image caption: Boris Johnson said the government will "pause this legislation" over Brexit

    It was a game of two halves for the government in its bid to pass Boris Johnson's Brexit bill into law.

    Here's a brief recap of what happened:

    • MPs held two key votes on the government's new Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) after a day of debate.
    • No 10 won the first - MPs backed Mr Johnson's Withdrawal Agreement Bill, by a majority of 30.
    • However, just minutes later No 10 lost a second vote - MPs rejected Boris Johnson's three-day timetable to get the bill through the Commons, by a majority of 14.
    • In response, the PM said the government would "pause this legislation" and "accelerate" preparations for a no-deal Brexit.
    • After the vote, European Council President Donald Tusk said he would recommend EU leaders back an extension to the 31 October Brexit deadline.

    And what to expect next:

    • All eyes turn to Europe, with the 27 other EU leaders to decide whether to grant an extension to Article 50 and, if so, how long that extension should be.
    • A No 10 source has told BBC News that if they agree an extension until 31 January - as the UK requested last week - then Downing Street would seek a general election.
    • MPs will now return to discussing the contents of the Queen's Speech on Wednesday and Thursday, Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg said.

    We are going to bring our live coverage to an end here - but our main news story will be updated with any further developments.

    Find out how your MP voted on the Brexit bill by using our search box here.

  2. Watch: What EU leaders might do next

    BBC Brussels correspondent in Strasbourg

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    Video caption: Adam Fleming on Donald Tusk's recommendation to EU leaders
  3. Election 'looking likely' - Kuenssberg

    Laura Kuenssberg

    BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg has said that the government's plan to seek a general election was "looking likely".

    However, she told BBC News at 10 that getting an election is "not entirely in Boris Johnson's control".

    She said an election is not what all Tory MPs - or opposition MPs - want.

  4. Election if January extension agreed - No 10 source

    A No 10 source has said there will have to be a general election if the EU offers a delay until the end of January - as the UK has requested.

    "On Saturday, Parliament asked for a delay until January and today Parliament blew its last chance.

    "If Parliament's delay is agreed by Brussels, then the only way the country can move on is with an election.

    "This Parliament is totally broken. The public will have to choose whether they want to get Brexit done with Boris or whether they want to spend 2020 having two referendums on Brexit and Scotland with Corbyn."

  5. How long might EU leaders grant an extension?

    BBC Brussels correspondent Adam Fleming in Strasbourg...

    Adam Fleming

    Brussels reporter

    Donald Tusk does not want to hold a special summit to discuss any extension to Article 50, BBC Brussels correspondent Adam Fleming says.

    He says Mr Tusk's tweet in response to the Commons votes shows he is happy to instead send letters and emails to EU leaders.

    Adam Fleming in Strasbourg
    Image caption: Adam Fleming in Strasbourg

    The tweet showed Mr Tusk was "accepting the principle" of an extension but "the date is not set in stone", he says.

    He adds that EU leaders could refuse the request for an extension but suggested this was unlikely.

    They could also propose another date - such as shortly before the new European Commission is installed on 1 December.

  6. EU 'likely to accept' Tusk's advice - Kuenssberg

    BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg tweets...

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    Mr Tusk has stopped short of suggesting a date when Article 50 may be extended to.

    The decision on whether to grant an extension - and the date to which it is extended - falls to the leaders of the 27 other EU countries, which Mr Tusk represents.

    The UK's official request for an extension, made in a letter last week, was until 23:00 GMT on 31 January, next year.

  7. Verhofstadt jokes: 'Another three weeks of Farage'

    European Parliament's Brexit coordinator tweets...


    The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt has reacted to this evening's votes.

    He said: "You're all thinking: another extension. I am thinking: another three weeks listening to Farage."

    NIgel Farage's Brexit Party won 29 seats at the UK's last European elections in May.

  8. 'Today was a great shame' - Conservative MP

    BBC News Channel

    Conservative MP David Jones says MPs didn't need more time to debate Brexit.

    "It has been debated for three years," he says, "we may as well crack on with it."

    "Everybody just wants this process out of the way," he says, adding "today was a great shame."

    And he suggests the UK will now end up leaving on 31 October without an agreement.

  9. Pound slips after Brexit timetable rejected

    pound coins

    The pound has slipped against both the dollar and the euro after MPs rejected Boris Johnson's plan to get his Brexit bill through the House of Commons in three days.

    Against the dollar the pound is currently down 0.5% at $1.29 and against the euro, it's 0.4% lower at €1.1579.

    It's been a volatile day for sterling, with it earlier trading at its highest level for around five months before falling sharply ahead of tonight's votes on reports the government was planning to hold an election by Christmas.

  10. PM's pause decision 'odd', says Hilary Benn

    BBC News Channel

    Brexit committee chair Hilary Benn describes the prime minister's decision to pause the Withdrawal Agreement Bill as "odd".

    He says Boris Johnson should have accepted Jeremy Corbyn's offer to reach an agreement on the timetabling of the bill.

    "I am genuinely puzzled," he says.

    "I think it was a mistake of the prime minister not to accept a perfectly reasonable offer from the Labour opposition."

  11. Has PM's 'do or die' deadline gone away?

    Chris Morris

    BBC Reality Check

    It was interesting to hear the prime minister say "one way or another this bill will go through" without a mention of the 31 October date.

    That is pretty much the first time I've heard him use that sentence without the date attached.

    It is probably a realisation that the 31 October "do or die" deadline has gone away.

    It almost certainly is not going to happen.

  12. Swinson: Labour MPs gave 'lifeline' to PM deal

    Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson says Labour MPs gave Boris Johnson's Brexit deal "a lifeline" tonight.

    Nineteen Labour MPs rebelled against their party to vote for the PM's deal, while all 19 Lib Dem MPs voted against it.

    But she said there was "no guarantee" that MPs would vote the deal into UK law after it has been through the next stages.

    Jo Swinson

    Ms Swinson said there needed to be an extension of Article 50 to allow the bill to be scrutinised, another referendum or a general election.

    She said the PM needs to "swallow his pride and go and have some serious and respectful conversations with our EU partners to secure that extension".

    Asked if she would back any bid for a general election, she replied that she would prefer another referendum but added that she "cannot wait to take on Boris Johnson" in an election.

  13. Bercow: Bill is not dead but it is inert

    House of Commons


    MPs seek more clarification about what the term "in limbo" means.

    "The bill is not dead but it is inert," replies Speaker John Bercow.

    "It is not on a journey, it is not progressing, it might be said to be static," he says.

    "It is not a corpse."