Boris Johnson has refused to negotiate Brexit delay with Brussels, despite being defeated in the House of Commons.
He spoke to MPs after the ‘Letwin amendment” passed by 322 votes to 306 – a majority of 16 votes.
MPs voted in favour of an amendment which to withhold approval of the deal until the legislation to enact it was passed.
The move automatically triggers the “Benn Act”, and should force the prime minister to request a further Brexit extension until 31 January.
Johnson said: “Alas the opportunity to have a Meaningful Vote has effectively been passed up because the Meaningful Vote has been voided of meaning.”
He said he was “not daunted by the result.”
“I continue to be in the very strong belief that the best thing for the UK and the whole of Europe is to leave with this new deal on October 31,” he said.
“I will not negotiate a delay with the EU and neither does the law compel me to do so.
“I will tell our colleagues in the EU the same thing I’ve told everyone else in the 88 days I’ve been PM – that further delay would be bad for the country and bad for democracy.”
Jeremy Corbyn accused the PM of blackmailing MPs and threatening to defy the law.
He said: “The PM must comply with the law. He can no longer blackmail members with a no-deal crash out as the only alternative to his sell-out deal.
MPs will now vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal next week.