Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

British Parliament votes to debate bill preventing no-deal Brexit

British Parliament votes to debate bill preventing no-deal Brexit

Johnson insists his threat to leave the European Union without a deal will ultimately force the bloc to sign up to new terms to ease the end of Britain's 46-year membership of the bloc.

Johnson sought to scare off a rebellion by indicating he would push for a snap general election if MPs succeed in their bid to seize control of parliamentary proceedings and confirming plans to strip rebels of the whip, preventing them from standing for the party.

The effort effectively serves as a vote of no confidence in Johnson's leadership and could lead to a snap election in October, just weeks before the European Union exit deadline on Oct. 31.

"He shares our commitment to prevent a disastrous No Deal Brexit, and to stop Brexit altogether", she said.

The BBC's chief political correspondent, Vicki Young, said the government was framing the situation as the Labour leader trying to block Brexit, and that would be its argument going into a general election.

A general election, which Johnson's aides say he wants for October 14, would be the third in just four years for Britons.

Dr Lee has defended his decision to cross the floor, which cut the government's majority to zero even before 21 Tory MPs were kicked-out of the party for defying the government.

In 2018, Lee quit a ministerial position to fight Brexit.

Rebel MPs poised to fight in parliament to stop no-deal Brexit
His outraged critics sued, and attorneys arguing the case at a court in Scotland completed submissions Tuesday. Johnson said after the defeat: "The leader of the opposition has been begging for an election for two years".

He said he would travel to Dublin on Monday for discussions with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, focused on proposed alternative arrangements to the Irish border backstop - a key sticking point in the negotiations.

Lee took a seat on the side of the Opposition members as the prime minister addressed the House of Commons.

The move has cancelled the Boris Johnson's working majority in the House.

"The party I joined in 1992 is not the party I am leaving today", said Lee, who advocated a Final Say referendum on Brexit.

Johnson told rebel MPs on Tuesday that a delay to Brexit would be an "extinction-level event", a government spokesman said.

But his task became even more hard after former minister Lee dramatically defected to the Liberal Democrats, crossing the floor of the Commons as Johnson delivered a statement to MPs. "Perhaps most disappointingly, it has increasingly become infected with the twin diseases of populism and English nationalism".

It means the prime minister is now in charge of a minority government.

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