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UK Parliament Again Votes Down Boris Johnson's Bid For Snap Election

UK Parliament Again Votes Down Boris Johnson's Bid For Snap Election

British politicians have again voted down Prime Minister Boris Johnson's bid to have a snap election.

Johnson was keen for Brits to head to the polls next month, however MPs weren't having it and rejected the proposal for a second time.

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The vote wasn't exactly a landslide, with 293 MPs voting for the election, however it fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass. This is Johnson's sixth Commons defeat.

Johnson didn't hold back during his rebuke of the decision: "Their behaviour thwarting the will of the people is undermining respect for this House in this Country. If they want a delay [to Brexit] the only proper way is to ask permission from our masters, the people."

This was refuted by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said they are willing and ready to take on the Conservatives at the polls.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"I want an election," he said. "As keen as we are, we are not prepared to risk inflicting the disaster of a no-deal [Brexit]."

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Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said that although Labour do want an election, its priority is stopping a no-deal Brexit.

The PM has previously said he would prefer to be 'dead in a ditch' than go to Brussels to ask for an extension for Brexit.

He added that he wanted to give the country a choice.

"We either go forward with our plan to get a deal, take the country out on 31 October which we can or else somebody else should be allowed to see if they can keep us in beyond 31 October," Mr Johnson told the BBC.

It's been a tough few weeks for the Prime Minister, with numerous members of the cabinet resigning. Last week, Philip Lee crossed the floor and defected to the Liberal Democrats. Then in another blow to Johnson and his party, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Amber Rudd resigned, citing the PM's lack of action in regards to Brexit.

It came after Boris Johnson's own brother Jo Johnson resigned as an MP and minister.

Today's announcement comes before Parliament is suspended for five weeks following following Johnson's prorogation request.

Supporters of the prorogation argue that it will help to enact the result of the 2016 referendum and ensure the UK leaves the EU by 31 October.

However, more than 560,000 people signed a petition appealing for parliament not to be prorogued.

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Topics: News, politics

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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