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First Minister says Boris Johnson must 'obey the law' and seek extension after MPs back Brexit deal delay

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The First Minister has joined calls for Boris Johnson to seek a three month extension to Article 50 after MPs voted for an amendment delaying the vote on his new Brexit deal.

In a special Saturday sitting - the first in 37 years - the Commons voted by 322 to 306 in favour of the amendment by the former Cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin withholding approval until legislation to implement the deal is in place.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said the prime minister must now 'obey the law' and seek the delay.

A defiant Boris Johnson has said he will not negotiate a fresh Brexit delay with the EU despite losing a key Commons vote.

MPs had been due to vote on the deal - where most MPs were expected to vote against the new deal.

Watch the moment the amendment was passed.

In a tweet, the First Minister Mark Drakeford AM said Boris Johnson must "obey the law" and request an extension.

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Sir Oliver, one of the MPs to have the Tory whip withdrawn after rebelling on Brexit, said it was an "insurance policy" intended to ensure the UK cannot "crash out" of the EU on October 31 without a deal.

Under the terms of the so-called Benn Act, if he does not have agreement on a deal on Saturday, the Prime Minister is required to seek a further extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process until the end of January

It is expected that the whips will now order Conservative MPs home without voting on the the main motion to approve the deal.

Ministers have signalled that they will press ahead with plans to table the legislation next week with a view to securing Britain's departure by the end of the month.

A defiant Boris Johnson has said he will not negotiate a fresh Brexit delay with the EU despite losing a key Commons vote.

But amid noisy Commons scenes Mr Johnson insisted that he was not "daunted or dismayed" by the result and remained committed to taking Britain out by October 31.

"I will not negotiate a delay with the EU, neither does the law compel me to do so," he said.

A defiant Boris Johnson has said he will not negotiate a fresh Brexit delay with the EU despite losing a key Commons vote.

All Wales' Conservative MPs voted against the amendment, but all other Welsh MPs voted in favour.

I want to say first of all to the Prime Minister that I actually agreed with what he said at the end there and that I am absolutely certain he will comply with the law.

Now, when the Prime Minister brings the Withdrawal Implementation Bill to the house of Commons, we will be voting for it, we will continue to vote for it. We will seek to ensure that it becomes the law before October 31. And if it does so become the law, this country will leave on October 31.

A hope that I share with the Prime Minister, but it will do so on the basis of knowing should anything go wrong, we will not crash out without a deal on that date.

– Independent MP Sir Oliver Letwin