“They said that we would never get it through parliament, and they did their utmost to stop it going through parliament, but we got it through parliament last night”

Boris Johnson, Prime Minister's Questions

October 23, 2019

Claim

During Prime Minister’s Questions, Johnson claimed he had got his withdrawal agreement through parliament. 

Facts

Johnson was referring to the vote on a second reading, which was passed by parliament the previous day. However, the government then lost the vote on the timetable for passing the bill, which was subsequently pulled.

Verdict

As the prime minister must know perfectly well, it is nonsensical to claim that passing one vote on a bill amounts to the bill passing through parliament.

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