Brexit: British PM Boris Johnson loses second bid for early election

Brexit: British PM Boris Johnson loses second bid for early election”

Britain's parliament will be suspended for five weeks on Monday following another expected defeat by MPs for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he battles to salvage his hardline Brexit strategy amid fierce opposition in Westminster.

The shut down comes after royal assent was granted to a new law which will force the PM to seek a Brexit delay to 31 January 2020 unless a deal - or a no-deal exit - is approved by MPs by 19 October.

To trigger an early election, the government needs 434 votes - two-thirds of all MPs in the 650-seat lower house of parliament - but only 293 backed the proposal.

"This government will press on with negotiating a deal, while preparing to leave without one", Johnson told MPs.

Johnson wanted a snap election October 15, just over two weeks before the scheduled October 31 date for Brexit.

The bill seeking to block a no-deal exit, passed into law on Monday when it received assent from Queen Elizabeth, will force Johnson to seek a three-month extension to the October 31 deadline unless parliament has either approved a deal or consented by October 19 to leave without one.

Johnson's team later insisted nothing had changed, but the prime minister said he was determined to get a deal to allow the leave the European Union in the next seven weeks.

Opposition Labour Social gathering chief Jeremy Corbyn mentioned the celebration was anticipating an election, however wouldn't help Johnson's transfer to carry one till it was sure a delay to Brexit had been secured.

The law compels the government to ask the European Union for a three-month delay if no deal has been agreed by October 19.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits in the back of a auto as he leaves parliament in London, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.

Mr Corbyn will say a no-deal Brexit will destroy jobs, push up food prices and cause shortages of "everyday medicines".

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow announces he will stand down by 31 October
Commons Speaker John Bercow announcing he will step down

"This Government will not allow Brexit to be delayed any further. This government will not delay Brexit any further", he said.

"I will go to that crucial summit in Brussels on October 17, and no matter how many devices this Parliament invents to tie my hands, I will strive to get an agreement in the national interest".

A no-deal Brexit would be a "Trump deal Brexit", Mr Corbyn will say, which would lead to a "one-sided U.S. trade deal negotiated from a position of weakness". "We're eager for an election", he said.

Johnson's no-deal Brexit plans have been opposed by a majority of parliamentarians, including 21 Conservative lawmakers, among them Winston Churchill's grandson, who worked to thwart the Tory prime minister.

In a session that ran well past midnight, Parliament enacted a law to block a "no-deal" Brexit next month, ordered the government to release private communications about its Brexit plans and rejected Johnson's call for a snap election to break the political deadlock.

What was the result in the vote for a general election?

"No-one can trust the word of a prime minister who is threatening to break the law to force through no-deal".

Mr Johnson has said he would "rather be dead in a ditch" than postpone Brexit, but has few easy ways out of it.

"Parliament should be holding the government to account".

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that while Ireland respects the sovereignty of the United Kingdom and the democratic decision undertaken by the British people to leave the European Union, that there is "no such thing as a clean break".

But Bercow, accused by eurosceptics of being biased against Brexit, warned the government that it could not now ignore parliament as he announced that he will step down on October 31. In a tearful statement on Monday, Mr. Bercow told MPs that he'd always acted in the best interests of parliamentary democracy and he added: "I will make absolutely no apology to anyone, anywhere, at any time".

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