“Parliament refused finally to give approval for us to come out on October 31 which was a great disappointment”
Boris Johnson, Ridge on Sunday
Parliament did not refuse to give final approval to the UK leaving the EU on 31 October. It voted to approve the second reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. It rejected the government’s programme motion on the grounds that parliament would only have three days to debate the bill. It was the prime minister who took the decision to pause and then abandon the bill. Parliament had no opportunity to give final approval to the bill.
The prime minister’s statement was a lie.