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MPs have voted to reject a general election before Christmas – putting the UK on track for more Brexit chaos.
MPs voted by 299 to 70 in favour of an early general election, but it fell short of the 434 MPs needed after Labour refused to vote.
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A 'BACKWARDS' BREXIT
Ministers could “amend difficult targets” on environmental protections if MPs' concerns are not addressed, a former environment minister has warned.
The Government's new Environment Bill seeks to write environmental principles in UK law for the first time, including setting up a new regulator, the Office for Environmental Protection.
MPs are worried the policies will differ greatly from EU standards.
Ex-Environment minister and Tory MP Richard Benyon said:“I do think it is worrying that England is behind on its targets to achieve good ecological status for all waterways by 2027.
“And the concern is that this Bill allows to Government to give itself powers to amend difficult targets or the way in which they are measured.
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said the Bill “goes backwards, not forwards” in a number of areas.
HIT THE PAUSE BUTTON
The PM's official spokesman has said the 'Get Ready for Brexit' campaign has been temporarily halted.
The government spent around £100million on the campaign which included adverts on TV, social media and billboards
ENJOYING THE BACKSEAT?
Theresa May is pictured leaving the Houses of Parliament after BoJo's failed third election bid.
ONE LAST TIME?
MPs will be asked to vote for the general election under the one-clause motion tomorrow.
A Downing Street source said: “Tonight we are laying a one-clause motion to amend the FTPA and call an election with the named day of December 12. The Bill is very similar to the LD/SNP Bill.
“The WAB will not be put back.
“This is the way to get Brexit done so the country can move on.”
OPERATION YELLOWHAMMER SLAMMED
The Government's No Deal preparation plans have officially been shelved.
Hundreds of civil servants had their work stepped up last week, ahead of the previous October 31 deadline.
Yellowhammer cost the taxpayer roughly £30 per person.
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