UK Parliament once again rejects premier’s proposal to hold early polls

  • UK Parliament once again rejects premier’s proposal to hold early polls

UK Parliament once again rejects premier’s proposal to hold early polls

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday he would get a Brexit deal and leave the European Union on October 31.

UK Parliament has officially been suspended for five weeks, with MPs not due back until 14 October.

Urging politicians to back his call, Johnson said a general election was the only way to break the Brexit deadlock.

So, what may Johnson's next move be?

The law flies in the face of Johnson's "do-or-die" determination to leave the European Union at the end of October, with or without a deal.

"The Speaker can not but allow Parliament to have its say on what it wants to do". "That would be unacceptable", she said in a statement.

Earlier on Monday evening, the government had lost a vote which mandated senior officials to publish formerly private WhatsApp and other messages relating to the suspension of parliament.

This would likely move the Brexit battle to the courts and, with no real precedent for such a situation, the outcome and how long it might take to reach one are highly uncertain.

The bad days just keep on coming for Boris Johnson.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports on the day's events. "In our view, neither seeking to defy the law, nor encouraging the European Union not to grant an extension, are likely to succeed".

The prime minister, well aware that many voters are exhausted of the whole thing, claims he doesn't want an election but sees it as the only way to make Brexit happen. They could also propose a different length of delay.

The government's Lord Chancellor, Attorney General and Solicitor General were all notable by their absence from that debate, but Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab - a former lawyer who worked with the Palestinian Liberation Organization on the Oslo Accords - spoke for the government, stating the government would "always respect the rule of law".

Johnson could choose to resign rather than send the letter requesting an extension.

"Anybody who says it's all, this stuff about it being anti-democratic, I mean donnez-moi un break - what a load of nonsense", the Prime Minister said on a visit to a primary school in London.

"I want an election, we're eager for an election, but as keen as we are, we are not prepared to inflict the disaster of a no-deal on our communities, our jobs, our services, or indeed our rights", said Johnson's counterpart in the opposition, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

While the DUP objects to any arrangement that would treat Northern Ireland differently, its voice in the matter has diminished since Johnson has lost his wafer-thin parliamentary majority in the spiraling political turmoil in the United Kingdom and so would be short of votes with or without the party.

There were raucous scenes in the House of Commons as opposition lawmakers chanted "Shame on you". Johnson agreed to go to Brussels, but said he would not ask for another delay to Brexit. He can blame the current Parliament for tying his hands with its legislation blocking his ability to pull off a "no-deal" Brexit on October 31, and say the legislators are determined to overturn the Brexit referendum because they don't like the results.

The EU has argued that the Irish border, with its network of hundreds of crossings and no visible frontier, is unlike any border in the world, which is why the backstop is needed. There could be some leeway in altering the terms of the backstop.

In addition, there is unlikely to be much time to pass the deal. He had hoped that positive polls promised a big victory in the election, which would allow him to shore up his support in Parliament.