UK Commons speaker deals new blow to Johnson’s Brexit plan

  • Pro Brexit demonstrators gather outside the Houses of Parliament holding placards and waving Union Flags in London, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. The European Commission says the fact that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not sign a letter requesting a three-month extension of the Brexit deadline has no impact on whether it is valid and that the European Union is considering the request. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

  • Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons John Bercow gestures makes a statement in the House of Commons in London whether Government can hold a debate and vote on the Brexit deal with Europe, Monday Oct. 21, 2019. The government request for a meaningful vote inside the House of Commons is rejected Monday by Speaker Bercow. (House of Commons via AP)

LONDON — Britain faced another week of grinding political gridlock after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was denied a chance Monday to hold a vote by lawmakers on his Brexit divorce bill.