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MPs have voted by the thinnest of margins for a process that would make it more difficult for a future prime minister to prorogue Parliament. Tory MP Dominic Grieve wanted to amend the Northern Ireland Bill to stop a future PM forcing through a no-deal Brexit by suspending Parliament. His amendment - to require ministers to regularly report on the situation in Northern Ireland - passed by one vote. It could provide a tool for MPs to block a no-deal Brexit in October. Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the approval of Mr Grieve's proposal was a "tight but important victory". He tweeted that it "makes it much harder for incoming prime minister to suspend Parliament". NOT SELECTED. The UK had been due to leave the EU on 29 March, but this date was delayed after MPs repeatedly rejected Theresa May's deal. Currently, the date for exit is 31 October... Full story

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