Boris Johnson Calls For A Snap General Election
Boris Johnson has called for plans to hold a snap general election on Tuesday 15 October.
The UK Prime Minister made the announcement after MPs voted 327 to 299 in favour of the Brexit delay bill, following a motion tabled by opposition party members and 'rebel' Tory MPs yesterday to block a No Deal Brexit.
Announcing his wish for an election, Johnson said: "There is only one way forward for the country. The House has voted repeatedly to leave the EU but it has also voted to delay actually leaving.
"Today, I'm afraid it has voted to scupper any serious negotiations."
The next scheduled election is not until 2022, however, under the rules of a Fixed Term Parliament, Johnson would need a two-thirds majority to pass his move for a general election.
If the vote is passed, he will then be able to go to the Queen and suggest a date for the poll.
In this instance, Parliament could be dissolved as early as Monday.
The announcement was a response to the Standing Order 24 - SO24 - which allowed Parliament to take control of the agenda and attempt to stop a No Deal Brexit from happening.
If they manage to get it through the House of Lords, it would force Johnson to seek a three-month extension until 31 January - something the Prime Minister has said he would not accept or carry out.
Tory members who supported the move were expelled from the party, meaning they will be unable to stand for the party at the next election.
During the opening session of Parliament yesterday, Conservative MP Philip Lee crossed the aisle and defected to the Liberal Democrats.
Johnson announced last week that the UK must leave the EU on 31 October, with or without a deal.
He met with the Queen, who gave permission to prorogue - suspend - Parliament. This will see a parliamentary shutdown from some point next week until the next Queen's speech on 14 October.
Almost two million people signed a petition to reverse the decision.
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