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Johnson’s call for general election rejected by MPs

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Published on September 08, 2019 with No Comments

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered another parliamentary blow over Brexit as MPs backed a Bill to block a no-deal Brexit, which led the embattled premier to call for a snap general election on October 15. Opposition MPs and Tory rebels ensured the Bill to prevent Britain leaving the EU without a deal in place passed its first stage of reading by 329 votes to 300 and then its final stage by 327 and 299 votes. It meant Johnson would be forced to ask for the EU for extension to the October 31 Brexit deadline if a divorce pact is not in place by mid-October. Johnson said the bill “scuppered” negotiations and the only way forward now was an election. But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the PM of “playing a disingenuous game” to force a no-deal Brexit. He said his party would back an election after the bill had been passed, but not before.

Both the SNP and the Liberal Democrats also criticised the prime minister’s motion as a plot to make sure the UK left the EU without a deal. But supporters of Johnson hit back at opposition members who had been calling for a general election for two years. Prime Minister Johnson wanted MPs to agree to an early general election on 15 October, saying the bill – which forces him to ask for an extension to the Brexit deadline if no deal had been agreed – left him unable to negotiate a deal. He needed two thirds of all MPs to vote in favour under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, but the result only saw 298 vote for the motion and 56 against – 136 short of the number he needed.

 

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