Johnson’s demand commonplace election rejected by MPs


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Media captionThe race for an early election on 15 October is rejected.

Boris Johnson has faced a double defeat within the Commons after MPs become down his race for a commonplace election.

Earlier, MPs backed a invoice geared in the direction of blocking a no-deal Brexit if the PM hadn’t agreed a opinion with the EU earlier than the 31 October time restrict.

Mr Johnson mentioned the invoice “scuppered” negotiations and the finest manner forward now was an election.

Nonetheless Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn accused the PM of “playing a disingenuous recreation” to force a no-deal Brexit.

He mentioned his birthday celebration would inspire an election after the invoice had been passed, nonetheless no longer earlier than.

Every the SNP and the Liberal Democrats additionally criticised the high minister’s race as a neighborhood to make optimistic the UK left the EU with out a deal.

Nonetheless supporters of Mr Johnson hit inspire at opposition contributors who had been calling for a commonplace election for 2 years.

Mr Johnson wished MPs to conform to an early commonplace election on 15 October, asserting the invoice – which forces him to ask for an extension to the Brexit time restrict if no deal had been agreed – left him unable to negotiate a deal.

He wanted two thirds of all MPs to vote in favour below the Mounted Term Parliaments Act, nonetheless the end result easiest seen 298 vote for the race and 56 against – 136 attempting the number he wanted.

Labour sources informed the BBC the birthday celebration abstained on the vote, even supposing three MPs gave the impact to comprise voted for it and 28 against.

The SNP additionally abstained.

The invoice to dam no deal passed all its phases within the Commons in a single day, with the toughen of most opposition parties and 21 Tory rebels, as they tried to push it thru earlier than Parliament being suspended next week.

This could now rush to the Lords for approval.

Peers are debating a industry race on how to transfer forward with the invoice – nonetheless knowledgeable-Brexit pals comprise laid down over 100 amendments to derail its progress.

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Media captionBoris Johnson calls for October election

Talking after the vote, the PM attacked Mr Corbyn, claiming he was “the first chief of the opposition within the democratic history of our nation to refuse the invitation to an election”.

He mentioned he “informed [Mr Corbyn’s] colleagues to speak on the unsustainability of this diagram in a single day and all over the following couple of days.”

‘Pick on your responsibility’

Earlier, the Labour chief mentioned Mr Johnson’s offer of an election was “a bit like an offer of an apple to Snow White from the Rotten Queen… providing the poison of a no deal”.

He added: “Let this invoice [to block a no deal] rush and salvage Royal Assent, then we can inspire an election so we attain no longer smash out.”

One senior MP informed the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg that Mr Corbyn had mentioned he wouldn’t allow Mr Johnson to comprise an election earlier than 31 October.

The chief of the SNP in Westminster, Ian Blackford, mentioned the debate about an early election was easiest going forward for the reason that PM had misplaced the vote against the invoice.

He added: “[Mr Johnson] must earn the will of this Residence, earn the invoice that Parliament has passed, earn your responsibility as high minister and rush to the European Council on 17 October and negotiate the extension you comprise been instructed to lift.”

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Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson, praised the unsuitable-birthday celebration work on the invoice as “placing the nationwide ardour first”, nonetheless condemned Mr Johnson’s reaction.

“I am intrigued that as a outcomes of this vote… the high minister’s response is this by some means messes up his opinion,” she added.

“If he is severely asserting the extent of his opinion was to strive to bully the EU and easiest salvage a correct deal by threatening [to] move with out a deal… it is far now not totally thought thru.”

Nonetheless Tory MP Nigel Evans criticised the opposition, telling the Commons: “They comprise got been given a likelihood [for an election] and as well they’re working worried – no longer correct from the high minister, no longer correct from a commonplace election, nonetheless from the of us of this nation who in 2016 mentioned they wished to move the EU.”

Earlier, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer informed Labour MPs the management wouldn’t inspire an election until a Brexit delay had been agreed with the EU – making the 15 October proposal unimaginable.

Nonetheless the First Minister of Scotland and chief of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, tweeted that the opposition parties must “look to force [an] election” after the invoice becomes regulations nonetheless earlier than Parliament is suspended.

She added: “It is starting to feel like Labour would now not want an election at all and leaving this PM in state intellectual he’ll strive every trick in book to salvage what he desires could per chance be irresponsible.”

What does the no-deal invoice speak?

The invoice says the high minister could comprise until 19 October to either rush a deal in Parliament or salvage MPs to approve a no-deal Brexit.

Once this time restrict has passed, he’ll comprise to request an extension to the UK’s departure date to 31 January 2020 – and, surprisingly, the invoice if fact be told consists of the wording of the letter he would comprise to jot down.

If the EU responds by proposing a diverse date, the PM could comprise two days to earn that proposal. Within the course of that point, MPs – no longer the government – could comprise the opportunity to reject the EU’s date.

The invoice additionally requires ministers to list to the Residence of Commons over the following couple of months. doubtlessly providing more opportunities to take care of take care of watch over of the timetable.

Be awake although, this could well all alternate over the following couple of days because MPs and pals comprise the vitality to rush amendments to any regulations.

Meanwhile, the fallout from No 10’s decision to withdraw the birthday celebration whip from 21 Tory rebels who backed the invoice to dam no deal has continued to face criticism from others within the birthday celebration.

A team of spherical 80 Conservatives comprise written to the high minister, calling on him to re-instate the whip to the “principled, tough-working and devoted” MPs.

In a assertion on behalf of the “One Nation Caucus”, historical minister and Tory MP Damian Inexperienced mentioned: “Eliminating the whip from valued colleagues who comprise served their nation and birthday celebration with distinction damages our hope of successful the following commonplace election.”