Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boris Johnson to Suspend Parliament Until Oct. 14

Boris Johnson to Suspend Parliament Until Oct. 14

The UK Parliament has rejected PM Boris Johnson's call for a snap election for the second time just before its five-week suspension begins, the BBC reports.

He will put forward a motion in parliament on Monday to propose an election, but it would require the support of two-thirds of lawmakers - and opposition parties have said they will not agree to an election until a no-deal exit is ruled out.

Earlier, Mr Johnson, who on Tuesday was expected to continue campaigning for the election he is yet to successfully call, said Jeremy Corbyn had become the first leader of the opposition in the country's history to "show his confidence" in the Government "by declining the opportunity to have an election with a view to removing the Government".

The bill, which became law Monday, would force Johnson to delay Brexit to January or even later if he can not get a deal with Brussels at a crucial European Union summit on October 17-18 - or persuade MPs to back no deal.

British prime minister Boris Johnson insisted in the early hours of Tuesday (10 September) that he would not request an extension to the Brexit deadline.

There has also been speculation that Mr. Johnson could comply with the no-deal law by formally asking the European Union for an extension but then sending a second document outlining why Britain didn't want extra time.

But the wider public say he should instead ask for an extension, by 50 per cent to 28 per cent.

If an election were to be held today, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party and a self-declared socialist, would have no chance to become the next prime minister. He's also been hamstrung by a group of opposition and Conservative MPs who have passed a law that requires him to seek an extension of the deadline if he hasn't reached a deal by October 19.

Varadkar said he was open to any alternatives that were "legally workable", but none had been received so far.

"In the absence of agreed alternative arrangements, no backstop is no deal for us", Mr Varadkar, standing beside Mr Johnson outside the Irish Government Buildings, told reporters.

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Pro-Brexit protesters gathered outside Parliament on Monday.

Earlier, parliament voted by 311 to 302 ordering Johnson to publish documents from the government's Operation Yellowhammer operation for a no-deal Brexit after a leak last month warned of food and medicine shortages.

Meanwhile, Speaker John Bercow, whose control of business in the Commons has made him a central player in the Brexit drama, announced he would step down after a decade in the job.

With Brexit mired in crisis, Johnson was also due on Monday to seek a general election that the British parliament has so far refused to grant him.

Mr Johnson said he understood the "conundrum" Brexit has caused for Ireland and the "fantastic political importance and sensitivities of the border".

He has also earned the wrath of many Conservatives who have accused him of trying to thwart Brexit by favouring the opposition.

"Parliament and the "anti-no-dealers" have called Boris Johnson's bluff on parliament's suspension and a general election", Scott Lucas, professor of global politics at the University of Birmingham, told Al Jazeera.

Johnson had wanted an election on October 15, hoping he would win enough seats in the Commons to force through his Brexit plan.

Opposition leaders meeting in Westminster confirmed they would block the Prime Minister's latest attempt to force a general election in a vote later in the day.

According to Dominic Lawson, a renowned columnist for The Times of London, Johnson's unwavering determination to make Brexit happen on October 31 has "energized" Britain's civil service and "despite the strains it imposes, represented a blessed relief after the opaqueness and immobilism of his predecessor (former PM Theresa May)". 'Strip away the politics and at the core of each problem you find practical issues that can be resolved with sufficient energy and a spirit of compromise, ' he said.

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