On Monday, a top official said during a parliamentary showdown, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call an election for October 14 if MPs vote against his Brexit strategy. The legislators of Boris Johnson’s own conservative party are preparing to join the opposition MPs on Tuesday so that he gets compelled to delay Brexit if he cannot strike an agreement with Brussels in the next few weeks.
A senior official said that if the government loses the vote, it will table a parliamentary vote for Wednesday on holding an early election. In order to hold early elections, a two-thirds majority is compulsory as per British Law but the main opposition Labour Party said it would be in favor.
The election will be taking place on October 14, after which a new government will be in place before Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on October 31.
“The prime minister doesn’t want an election but that will be up to MPs when they choose to vote tomorrow,” the official said. Previously, Johson said he could get a deal with Brussels on ending Britain’s 46-year-old membership of the EU but added that he would stick to the Brexit deadline.
He said in a defiant statement outside his Downing Street office, “We are leaving on October 31, no ifs or buts.” A cross-party group of MPs is in fear that leaving the EU with no deal could cause huge economic disruption and so they are seeking to change the law to potentially delay Brexit until January 31, 2020.
However, in July Johnson took office promising to deliver the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit whatever the circumstances, and after talks with his top ministers on Monday evening, made clear he would not move.
“I want everybody to know — there are no circumstances in which I will ask Brussels to delay,” Johnson said.
“Armed and fortified with that conviction I believe we will get a deal at that crucial summit in October,” he added. Last year, Former PM Theresa May agreed on exit terms with Brussels. Johnson has repeatedly asked the EU to renegotiate but it has refused so far. The no-deal Brexit is opposed by many MPs but they have only a few days to take action.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a speech on Monday, opposing the “no-deal”, “We must come together to stop no-deal.”
“This week could be our last chance,” he added. Corbyn also stated that if the legislative efforts failed Labour could back a vote of no-confidence in Johnson’s government, which could trigger a general election.