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Boris Johnson's brother quits politics over 'unresolvable tension'

Boris Johnson's brother quits politics over 'unresolvable tension'”

While Johnson's attempt to have a snap general election has failed, Britain could still head for polls. He pointed out that MPS were being sacked after rebelling once when Johnson's Leader of the Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg had rebelled 100 times.

Ahead of a speech in northern England where the prime minister was expected to begin an informal election campaign, Jo Johnson resigned as a junior business minister and said he was stepping down as a lawmaker for their Conservative Party.

The opposition Labour Party seized on the resignation, saying it underlined a lack of trust in the prime minister.

Nevertheless Jo appeared at his campaign events supporting his brother's leadership bid and later served under his Government despite its policy being to leave the European Union on 31 October with or without a Brexit deal.

Labour MP Wes Streeting tweeted: "Whatever our disagreements, I very much respect Jo's integrity and always appreciated his decency and courtesy in our discussions on higher education policy".

As the United Kingdom spins towards an election, Brexit remains up in the air more than three years after Britons voted to leave the bloc in a 2016 referendum.

De Montchalin said France was continuing to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

Johnson's solution is to seek an election that could shake up Parliament and produce a less troublesome crop of lawmakers. But opinion polls do not point to a certain majority for Johnson's Conservatives.

But Parliament turned down his motion. Johnson needed the support of two-thirds of the 650 lawmakers in the House of Commons to trigger an election - a total of 434 - but got just 298, with 56 voting no and the rest abstaining.

The Prime Minister has clashed with his family over the issue of Brexit several times in the past but, until now, they have maintained a united front in public.

Shortly before lawmakers rebuffed the call for a new election, the House of Commons approved an opposition bill created to halt a no-deal Brexit.

"Let the bill pass and have Royal Assent and then we can have a general election, " he said.

"The problem that we have got is that we cannot at the moment have any confidence in Boris Johnson abiding by any commitment or deal that we could construct", he told the BBC. "So, we are now consulting about whether it's better to go long, therefore, rather than to go short".

He resigned as a minister under Theresa May previous year in opposition to the Brexit deal she reached with Brussels. It will now be debated by the Upper House - the House of Lords.

Johnson also faces several legal challenges to his push to leave the European Union come what may.

Miller, who is supported in her claim by Labour and the governments of Scotland and Wales, argues that sending lawmakers home at a crucial time for Britain is unlawful.



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