Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
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UK's Johnson faces new Brexit vote after stinging defeat

UK's Johnson faces new Brexit vote after stinging defeat

Boris Johnson is calling on MPs to back his plan to hold an early general election on 15 October.

On Wednesday Johnson said the opposition's "surrender bill" would "wreck any chance" of Britain concluding successful negotiations with the EU.

Earlier, Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer told Labour MPs the leadership would not back an election until a Brexit delay had been agreed with the European Union - making the 15 October proposal impossible. Prime ministers govern with the consent of the House of Commons representing the people in whom the sovereignty rests.

One reason for this drastic decision is that the rebels who defied Mr Johnson were not just ordinary lawmakers. "But you can not have people standing as Conservative MPs when they are against the Government's policy on the key issue of the day".

The second problem the prime minister faces is that anti-Brexit or soft Brexit MPs can legitimately argue that a no-deal Brexit was never mentioned during the 2016 referendum campaign.

Facing a growing rebellion in his Conservative Party, and opposition leaders emboldened by their newfound leverage, Johnson is in danger of seeing his bold moves to realize an October 31 Brexit fall into the same quagmire that sunk his predecessor, Theresa May.

Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, a prime minister must have the backing of at least two-thirds of the UK's 650 MPs before a poll can be called outside of the fixed five-year terms.

"If he has a general election early before he goes to the European Council in the middle of October that might change the dynamics of that meeting".

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The beleaguered United Kingdom leader received a boost Wednesday when a Scottish court refused to intervene in his decision to suspend Parliament. A judge in Scotland's highest civil court on Wednesday ruled that the decision was lawful, but those who brought the case - 75 lawmakers - could appeal.

But Johnson's move excommunicated some of the grandest and most respected figures in the party, including former chancellors Kenneth Clarke and Philip Hammond. Johnson idolizes Churchill and wrote a biography of him.

Former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said on Twitter: "How, in the name of all that is good and holy, is there no longer room in the Conservative Party for @NSoames?" I knew what I was doing.

Rory Stewart, the former worldwide development secretary, said that he was informed of his expulsion by text message on Tuesday night. There was a "real irony", in the timing, he told the BBC on Wednesday. "This is a passing phase in the history of the Conservative Party".

"I am truly very sad that it should end in this way", he said.

It lost its working majority in parliament on Tuesday after one of its MPs switched to the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats and, a few hours later, it expelled 21 MPs from the party for voting against the government. He explained in a statement that Johnson's party had become "infected with the twin diseases of populism and English nationalism".

"Well we're potentially looking at two crucial votes, we're looking at a vote on the bill that they started talking about yesterday and potentially on a general election", he said.

They regard him as belonging to the far left and not being competent enough to run a government, and this view is shared by many of Corbyn's parliamentary Labour colleagues.

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