UK Politics: Johnson expected to lose second vote on snap election


During his speech, the Labour leader said he refused to let the election be dictated on the prime minister's terms and committed to delivering a campaign for a second referendum which would include a "credible option to Leave and Remain".

The divisions in Britain's opposition Labour Party over Brexit were also on display on Wednesday, when its deputy leader, Tom Watson, said he supported pressing for a second referendum before an early national election.

Johnson, who has lost his working majority in the House of Commons, wants to hold an election but parliament has ordered him to ask the European Union to delay Brexit until 2020 unless he can strike a transition deal at an European Union summit on October 17-18.

That means there can be no truce with those that are irretrievably hostile to the socialist direction the party has taken since 2015, whose constant attacks and sabotage have been responsible for serious retreats.

Opposition lawmakers said they plan to vote down a snap election unless a no-deal Brexit departure is blocked beforehand.

He warned that Johnson was pursuing a "Trump deal Brexit", and accused him of, "hijacking the referendum result to shift even more power and wealth to those at the top".

Johnson says he is working to revise the deal agreed by his predecessor, Theresa May, which MPs rejected - but insists Brexit must happen next month no matter what.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on October 31.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits in the back of a car as he leaves parliament in London Monday Sept. 9 2019. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson voiced optimism Monday that a new Brexit deal can be reached so Britain leaves the European Uni
Brexit news: British lawmakers reject holding snap elections ahead of Brexit

"There is no such thing as a good Brexit deal, which is why I believe we should advocate for remain".

Parliament was then suspended - or prorogued - at the government's request until October 14, a drastic move that gives Johnson a respite from rebellious lawmakers as he plots his next move. But the prime minister has said he would "rather be dead in a ditch" than ask Brussels for another extension.

There are still many questions to be answered about Brexit, but one clear outcome from the past week is that a no-deal Brexit is now a much more remote possibility.

The prime minister said: "I think he [Jeremy Corbyn] has become the first leader of the opposition in the democratic history of our country to refuse the invitation of an election".

Again, his view sets him up for a clash with Mr Corbyn who is yet to say which side he would support, and has said that Labour must appeal to both Leave and Remain supporters. "We will deserve all the ridicule we get if this is the manifesto".

With only seven weeks until Britain is due to quit the European Union, the future of Brexit is as unclear as ever, with the possible outcomes ranging from the world's fifth largest economy leaving without a deal to the 2016 referendum being overturned.

Some members of the shadow cabinet, including Emily Thornberry and John McDonnell, have already made clear they would campaign to remain in a referendum, whatever deal Labour was able to secure from the EU27.

But they hope that once a general election campaign kicks off, focus will switch to Corbyn's radical policies, including the increase in workers' rights he outlined in Brighton on Tuesday.

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