For the third time in two days, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a major parliamentary defeat. The latest in the list was his bid to call an election next month.
Johnson’s Conservative Party failed to win the two-thirds majority needed to call a snap election, mustering only 298 of the 434 votes required.
After failing, Johnson criticised opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn before MPs.
“I think [Corbyn] has become the first opposition leader in the history of our country to refuse the invitation to head to a general election. I can only speculate as to the reasons behind his hesitation, the obvious conclusion is I’m afraid that he does not think he will win,” Johnson said.
Johnson now has the option of quitting as Prime Minister to force a general election after losing control of the House of Commons.
Meanwhile, Corbyn’s Labour party would attempt to legislate to block a “no-deal” withdrawal from the European Union by forcing Johnson to seek a delay if he fails to reach an agreement with Brussels.
After the loss Conservative party kicked out a “rebel alliance” of 21 Conservative MPs on Tuesday night after siding with the opposition. They had taken issue with Johnson’s plan to suspend parliament for five weeks ahead of the Brexit deadline on October 31, allowing the clock to run down towards the legal default of leaving the bloc without a divorce deal in place.
Many great minds say that such a situation would hurt EU economies, but would be disastrous for the UK, leading to shortages of medicine and fresh food – among other consequences.
The Conservatives were subsequently seeking a general election to wrest back control ahead of a key European Council summit in mid-October.
If victorious, Johnson and his advisers believed he would have a mandate to fulfil his pledge to take Britain out of the EU on October 31, deal or no deal, and would be able to repeal any new law stemming from Wednesday’s legislation attempting to delay Brexit.
But with no majority and a seemingly united opposition, it has become clear Johnson was unable to govern parliament in its current form, and an election seems inevitable, sooner or later.
For the past few years, the Labour party has also sought a general election. The Liberal Democrats, also enjoying a resurgence in fortunes after being nearly wiped out at the ballot box following a stint in a coalition government with the Conservatives, would also like an election. But neither party supported Johnson’s call to bring the country to the polls at this time.
Source : Various