PM BoJo Threatens Pre-Brexit Snap Election if Remainers Vote Against Government

Среда, 04 Сен, 2019

Lawmaker Phillip Lee rose from his chair on the Conservative benches and sat down with the Liberal Democrats, a defection that meant Johnson lost his slim working majority.

Johnson insists the potential for leaving without a deal must remain as a bargaining chip in negotiations with the EU.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell attend a Labour rally ahead of a shadow cabinet meeting on September 02, 2019 in Salford, England.

The Putney MP said her party was "narrowing down its appeal" - a move, she suggested, that had been highlighted by the threat this week to long-serving MPs who would have the whip removed if they voted against the Government on Brexit.

But the party's position was in tatters today after allies said they would only back an election if there is a cast-iron guarantee it will happen before the Halloween Brexit deadline.

But Mr Hammond, who was re-selected as Tory candidate for Runnymede & Weybridge on Monday night, said: "I will not support a proposal to dissolve Parliament for an election until this bill has completed its passage through Parliament".

He said he was optimistic both countries can come to the table in good faith.

Corbyn said that if the legislative efforts failed, Labour could back a vote of no-confidence in Johnson's government, which could trigger a general election.

Johnson's aides have warned that defeat in a first vote in the House of Commons expected at 2000 GMT on Tuesday would force him to call a snap election on October 14.

He told the Today programme: "We want to focus minds of all MPs that a deal is within sight that is faithful to our manifesto commitments but also to the referendum and any more delay ... what does anyone realistically think a delay would do, rather than strengthen the hand of Brussels and weaken the hand of our negotiators?"

"That is a lose-lose general election for Britain".

The pound slid against the dollar earlier on Monday, amid speculation about a snap election.

More than three years since the United Kingdom voted 52-48 percent to leave the European Union, it is still unclear on what terms, or indeed whether, Brexit will take place.

But a number of Conservative MPs have pledged to vote against the government either way, risking their careers in the party over their opposition to a no deal Brexit on October 31. We have seen parliament gridlocked by Brexit.

Ms Greening, Mr Hammond and Mr Grieve all confirmed they would join opposition MPs in voting for legislation created to delay Britain's exit from the European Union if no agreement can be struck with the European Union before October 31.

Boris Johnson strides out of 10 Downing Street. Johnson's supporters said lawmakers were weakening the government's negotiating position with the EU.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is urging opposition parties in Britain's House of Commons to join together, saying the events in Parliament this week may be the last opportunity to stop a no-deal Brexit. Hearings are due on Sept. 3, Sept. 5 and Sept. 6.

Ms Greening, Mr Hammond and Mr Grieve all confirmed they would join opposition MPs in voting for legislation created to delay Britain's exit from the European Union if no agreement can be struck with the European Union before October 31.