The Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson on Thursday called for an early election after a controversial parliamentary vote that left him without a majority in his hardline Brexit.
The Conservative Party of Boris Johnson has claimed that it would make a second attempt on Monday to trigger the national polls after the opposition Labour Party on Wednesday blocked johnson’s first attempt.
“It is now time for the people to decide after parliament has failed them so we can resolve this once and for all,” a Downing Street spokesman said.
The date of the election has not been decided as the country is coming forward to an exit from the European Union on October 31 without a plan for what comes next. Another disadvantage arises for the prime minister as his brother Jo refused to contest his seat in parliament in the new ballot and said he was quitting his junior ministerial role.
Jo Johnson on his official Twitter handle wrote, “I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest — it’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles.”
Following a particularly inflict week of UK politics which was continuously making headline in British Newspapers, came to resolve a little. The opposition Labour Party backed Daily Mirror marked Johnson “Britain’s worst PM” for threatening a “reckless no-deal Brexit”.
The Daily Mail replied back by calling Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a “chicken” for refusing on Wednesday to back Johnson’s proposal to hold a general on October 15. On Monday and Tuesday, an opinion poll executed by YouGov that showed Johnson’s Conservatives leading labor by 35 to 25 percent.
The Brexit Party of populist Nigel Farage was in fourth place with 11 percent while the pro-European Liberal Democrats gained 16 percent. Johnson was forced by the parliamentary bill to seek a three-month delay in Brexit until January 31 should an EU summit in Brussels on October 17-18 fail to produce a deal.
In the lower House of Commons, the bill was passed with the support of 21 rebel Conservative MPs after which Johnson kicked them out of the party. The bill could end up back in the House of Commons on Monday for it to consider any changes.
However, there is also no surety whether the other 27 EU leaders will grant one of for the third time this year. On Thursday, France’s European Affairs Minister Amelie de Montchalin said that “We can see that another six months would not solve the problem.”
“The problem that we’ve got is that we cannot at the moment have any confidence in Boris Johnson abiding by any commitment or deal that we could construct,” Labour’s finance spokesman John McDonnell told sources.
“So we’re now consulting on whether it’s better to go long, therefore, rather than to go short. And that decision will be taken,” he added.