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European Union could approve Johnson's Brexit extension request by Friday

John Bercow said the bid to force a vote on the deal today was the same as what was presented to parliament on Saturday

Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who met with the prime minister on Wednesday, has said repeatedly that once an extension was in place, he would support a general election.

"For this I will propose a written procedure", he said, which means that the 27 other member state leaders would not have to convene an emergency summit.

European leaders were deciding whether to postpone Brexit and for how long Wednesday, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson's eyes turned towards a snap general election.

Johnson said: "The EU have to now procure up their minds over acknowledge to parliament's inquire for a extend".

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

The EU's 27 countries have to agree to the latest Brexit extension request. "By contrast, a small Conservative majority or strong performance by the Brexit party materially increases the risks of no extension to the transition period".

A long delay would allow time for an election and for opponents of the divorce to push for another referendum.

Irish PM Leo Varadkar welcomed the vote in favour of Johnson's legislation.

Political commentators said after the day's developments that "the waiting game continues, and nothing will be agreed in London until Brussels gives its answers to the extension request".

A Labour spokeswoman said Mr Corbyn reiterated Labour's offer to "agree a reasonable timetable to debate, scrutinise and amend the Withdrawal Agreement Bill" and "restated that Labour will support a general election when the threat of a no-deal crashout is off the table".

Chris Mendes: A general election is inevitable, but it's very hard for it to take place because of that wretched fixed-term Parliament act that we have which requires a two-thirds majority in the House of Commons to get that across. That suggested the idea of trying to pilot the bill through parliament had not been ditched altogether - particularly if only a short extension is granted.

Mr Kinnock, who has previously talked about backing a deal, said he did not support the government on Tuesday night because ministers had not gone far enough on protecting environmental standards, workers' rights and consumer protections.

The pound was steady on Wednesday after MPs voted against prime minister Boris Johnson's plan to force his Brexit deal through parliament. "Let me be clear, our policy remains that we should not delay", he said.

The bloc's other members are tired and frustrated at Britain's interminable Brexit melodrama.

"The Brexit Party could eat into the Conservative vote as they will claim Mr Johnson did not deliver Brexit by October 31- something on which he staked his whole premiership".

MPs voted by 322 to 308 to reject his plan to ram legislation approving his Brexit deal through the Commons in just three days.

European Union leaders are deciding on another extension to Britain's exit from the bloc, after lawmakers in Britain frustrated Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to leave by October 31. European Union officials say they expect a final decision on Friday - either to grant the extension or call a summit.

Despite getting the green light, Mr Johnson's 110-page Withdrawal Agreement Bill has to go through Parliament before it becomes law.

On the form that Brexit should take, Mr Kinnock said "you've got to respect the result of the referendum" but "you've got to do it in a way that protects jobs and livelihoods".

"There is no Brexit deal which would be better for jobs and prosperity than the one we now have with the European Union", he wrote on Twitter. Worth - who has won online plaudits for his series of Brexit flowcharts - says the other main likelihood, with a 36 percent chance, is that the current stalemate drags on for months to come.