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Brexit turmoil continues as lawmakers defy UK's Johnson

Boris Johnson's first Prime Minister's Questions was immediately embroiled in controversy after footage appeared to show him gesticulating towards Jeremy Corbyn, saying: "Call an election, you great big girl's blouse".

The European Commission still considers Prime Minister Boris Johnson as its most senior negotiating partner in discussions to avoid a no-deal Brexit, the EU's executive had said earlier today following the British leader's defeat in parliament.

An October election would open up three likely options: a Brexit-supporting government under Johnson, a Labour government led by veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn or a hung parliament that could lead to a coalition or minority government of some kind.

Incensed by what they termed as a "constitutional coup", most opposition parties presented early in the week a draft law meant to force the government to seek an European Union membership extension until the end of January next year, largely in order to facilitate new discussions with Europe.

The EU Commission also said the risk of a "no deal" exit has increased, a prospect many fear because of the economic damage it could cause after nearly half a century of close ties with Britain's closest neighbours.

Johnson has said he will seek a general election if the lawmakers succeed this week, taking his message directly to the people in his bid to deliver Brexit, come what may. The government has scheduled a vote on an election on Wednesday evening (local time).

One scenario is for opposition parties to defeat Johnson's bid for an election until they have passed their bill blocking a no-deal Brexit.

On Tuesday, Johnson lost his first vote in Parliament since becoming prime minister in July, as lawmakers passed a motion enabling their push for a law stopping a no-deal Brexit.

Beyond the frantic push and shove of British politics, the United Kingdom still fundamentally has three main Brexit options: leave with a deal, leave without a deal or cancel Brexit altogether.

More news: UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson loses majority in Parliament

The government has threatened a general election to force a hard reset on Parliament if it insists on attempting to block Brexit in this way.

Pro and anti-Brexit protesters argue during a demonstration.

Besides, Mr Johnson's government has lost any prospect of having a majority in the current parliament.

The party's Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, said Johnson had violated the trust of the House of Commons with his decision last week to suspend Parliament for several weeks before the Brexit deadline, limiting the time that lawmakers can fight the government's plans.

"This government is going to get a deal from our friends in Brussels", Johnson said.

Andreeva says "we are willing to work constructively with Prime Minister (Boris) Johnson and to look at any concrete proposals that he may have as long as they are compatible with the withdrawal agreement".

"These negotiations are a sham".

But the government was braced for defeat, and has already introduced a motion for a vote later Wednesday calling for a snap poll before the last summit of European Union leaders before Brexit, which begins on October 17.



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