UK Election Forthcoming?
CBJ — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is demanding an October 15 federal election after lawmakers seeking to prevent a no-deal Brexit dealt him a humiliating defeat in Parliament, which he says is an attempt to surrender to the European Union.
Parliament’s move leaves Brexit up in the air, with possible outcomes ranging from a turbulent no-deal EU exit to abandoning the whole idea. Either outcome would be deemed unacceptable to a large number of the United Kingdom’s voters and thus the conundrum about how to push ahead.
An alliance of opposition lawmakers backed by 21 rebels from Johnson’s Conservative Party defeated the government on a motion allowing them to try to pass a law which would force a three-month extension to Great Britain’s EU exit date.
Johnson vowed never to delay Brexit beyond October 31 and challenged opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to agree to an October 15 snap election. However, Johnson needs the backing of two-thirds of lawmakers and opposition parties are united in wanting to prevent a no-deal Brexit before agreeing to an election.