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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a major setback Tuesday when lawmakers opposed to a no-deal Brexit voted to take control of the parliamentary agenda, prompting him to call for a new general election.
The defeat could set the stage for opposing members of parliaments, known as MPs, to pass a bill to prevent Johnson from taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union before the Oct. 31 deadline without a withdrawal agreement in place.
The House of Commons voted 328 to 301 to take control of the agenda, meaning rebel lawmakers could bring a bill forward Wednesday to delay the Brexit date. Some 21 Conservative Party members supported the measure, including a number of ex-cabinet ministers.