Brexit: Boris Johnson’s bid for early election fails
LONDON (92 News) – Boris Johnson has lost his second attempt to trigger an early general election in his sixth humiliating Commons defeat since becoming prime minister.
According to the international media, that British MPs have again rejected Boris Johnson’s calls for a snap election, as the five-week suspension of Parliament begins.
Less than a week after his first bid to seek an election was scuppered, Johnson again asked the Commons to vote on a motion to bypass a law setting out that the next vote should not take place until 2022.
Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, the government must achieve a two-thirds majority to authorise an early general election. MPs voted by 293 to 47 in favour of the motion, but Johnson failed in reaching the required threshold to trigger an election.
It means there will be no public vote in early October, as MPs will not return to the Commons for another five weeks due to Mr Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament on Monday evening.
But an election in November still remains highly likely, as Labour is expected to throw its support behind a public vote if no-deal Brexit is avoided through an extension to the negotiating period from Brussels in mid-October.
Before the vote, however, Johnson insisted he would not “ask for another delay” to Brexit as he taunted Jeremy Corbyn for not backing the election call.
Shouts of resign could be heard from opposition MPs, with Johnson continuing: “It’s plain from the turbulent reaction of the benches opposite that they simply want another delay and I will not have that.
“I must warn members that their behaviour in thwarting the will of the people is undermining respect for this House in the country. If honourable members want a delay, the only proper way to do it is to ask permission from our masters the people, from our masters the voters.”
“The only point of any importance the prime minister’s just included in his speech is his clear indication that he does not intend to follow the law that has just been passed that requires him to ask for an extension in certain circumstances,” Corbyn said.