‘The people of this country will have to choose’: Johnson vows to push for snap election as opposition MPs seek Brexit delay///CRIMSON TAZVINZWA
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost a crucial showdown in parliament that’s put his Brexit strategy in jeopardy and stoked more confusion about the date the UK leaves EU.
- An alliance of MPs from either eisle started Tuesday to take control of the parliamentary agenda, setting the stage for another vote today for lawmakers to legislate delaying Brexit until January. 31 2020 unless an exit deal is approved before then.
- PM who vows to take Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a deal in place, is now pushing for a snap election.
- The 21 Conservative MPs who voted against Mr. Johnson are expelled from the party.
- A Scottish court ruled in Johnson’s favour in the parliament suspension case, saying Johnson’s decision is lawful and not for judges to decide.
- The British pound jumped 1 per cent against the dollar on Wednesday to trade above $1.22 for the first time since Aug. 30. It has lost nearly 20 per cent of its value since the 2016 referendum vote.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to push for a snap election Wednesday, after he lost a crucial showdown in Parliament that’s left his Brexit strategy in tatters and stoked confusion about when the country will leave the European Union.
A day of high drama at Westminster ended Tuesday night with a stunning setback for Mr. Johnson and the defection of a Conservative MP, which cost the government its working majority. MPs voted 328-301 to seize control of the parliamentary agenda from the government, clearing the way for opposition MPs to introduce legislation on Wednesday that will prevent Britain from leaving the EU on Oct. 31 without a withdrawal agreement.
Mr. Johnson had insisted for weeks that leaving on Halloween was a “do or die” commitment and that EU officials would only take Britain seriously if they believed the deadline was unalterable. Now, if the proposed law is approved, the Prime Minister will have to seek a three-month extension if he has not secured a deal by Oct. 19.