Johnson loses key Brexit vote, moves to trigger United Kingdom election

Johnson loses key Brexit vote, moves to trigger United Kingdom election

MPs return to House of Commons today after their six-week recess, and if the Rebel Remain Alliance manages to take control of the order paper today, Johnson will call for a vote on a General Election, according to a senior government source speaking to the media.

The Labour Party's chief enforcer said the party would not allow Johnson to manipulate an election to force through a no-deal Brexit, a source said. Johnson labelled a rebel bill created to prevent no deal "Jeremy Corbyn's surrender bill" and accused opposition MPs of undermining his attempts to negotiate a new deal with the European Union.

Dr Lee said Brexit divisions had "sadly transformed this once great party into something more akin to a narrow faction in which one's Conservatism is measured by how recklessly one wants to leave the European Union".

A no-deal Brexit is considered unsafe because it will sever decades of seamless trade with the single market of 500 million, but Johnson insists the potential for leaving without a deal must remain as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the EU.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suffered a stinging defeat in Parliament that could lead to a general election in the UK.


Johnson has told French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel he could come up with a better alternative to the main sticking point in the stalled Brexit negotiations - the deadlock on the Irish border question.

"The prime minister has lost his majority with the honorable member from Bracknell joining the Liberal Democrats", she said on the chamber floor, adding: "When will the prime minister stop playing with people's lives and stop Brexit?"

An early election could give Johnson a majority, although it is also a big risk, as the political landscape was deeply fragmented by the 2016 referendum.

"It means running up the white flag", Johnson said.

Johnson cast the challenge as an attempt to force Britain to surrender to the European Union just as he hopes to secure concessions on the terms of the divorce - a step he said he would never accept.


The heightened political tension sent the British pound tumbling on Tuesday to its lowest level against the dollar in nearly three years.

Johnson has threatened to try and call an election if his government is defeated.

His decision will weaken Johnson as he tries to prevent Parliament from blocking his Brexit plans. Members of Johnson's own Conservative party, including Philip Hammond, are preparing to join opposition lawmakers in a vote to try to force a delay to Britain's exit from the European Union if he can not secure a divorce deal with Brussels in the next few weeks.

In a dramatic statement on the steps of Downing Street last night, Mr Johnson insisted he "does not want" an election.

The irony here is that given the above scenario, opposition lawmakers will then end up opposing to a no-confidence motion against the government because they already had seen legislative efforts pass through the first hurdle and Johnson has failed in his bid to potentially wrap up a mandate for a no-deal Brexit.


Mr Baker has taken over as ERG chairman from Jacob Rees-Mogg who was made Commons Leader when Mr Johnson became Prime Minister.

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