Boris Johnson suffers triple defeat in Parliament

5th September 2019 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly said that he would only back a general election after the anti no-deal Brexit bill achieved royal assent.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered heavy defeats in both houses of Parliament over the past 24 hours as his attempts at triggering a snap general election in October was blocked by MPs.

Mr Johnson was defeated three times in the House of Commons with attempts by Opposition parties together with Tory rebels to prevent a no-deal Brexit through a Bill clearing its second and third readings, while the PM failed to secure a two-thirds majority to force a snap general election.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn repeatedly said that he would only back a general election after the anti no-deal Brexit bill achieved royal assent. Mr Johnson accused the Opposition leader of being “the first leader of the Opposition in the democratic history of our country to refuse the invitation to an election.”

He had submitted the Parliamentary motion calling for a snap general election after failing to prevent rebel Tory MPs from backing the anti no-deal Brexit bill, which he said would hand all power to the EU during negotiations.

The bill would require Mr Johnson to seek a further extension for Brexit to 31st January, should MPs fail to approve a tweaked withdrawal deal on 17th October following meetings with the EU.

Late last night, the House of Lords agreed to allow the Bill to pass before Mr Johnson suspends Parliament next week. It has committed to bring the Bill back to the lower House by Friday at 5pm, stopping any further attempts at filibustering.


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