British deputies again knock down Johnson’s plan to call early elections

Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons – VIA REUTERS / HANDOUT.

The opposition tries to prevent the suspension of Parliament

The House of Commons has again rejected on Tuesday the motion presented by the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to request the convening of early elections on October 15.

British deputies again knock down Johnson’s plan to call early elections
British deputies again knock down Johnson’s plan to call early elections

For Johnson's plan to go ahead, it was necessary that at least 434 deputies – two thirds of the chamber – vote in favor, as reported by the local newspaper 'The Guardian'.

However, the motion has resulted in 293 votes in favor and 46 against, a scenario marked by the abstention of many of the legislators.

“Once again, the opposition believes it knows more,” Johnson said after learning the results. “They want the prime minister to embark on crucial negotiations without any possibility of withdrawal,” he lamented.

In this regard, Johnson has promised that he will guarantee the country's departure from the community bloc at the crucial meeting scheduled for October, the month in which the suspension of parliamentary activity will end.

The conservative leader, who wanted to call elections by mid-October before the summit scheduled for October 17 with Brussels, has argued that “the Government will continue to negotiate an agreement while preparing to leave without any.”

“I will go to that meeting on October 17 and no matter how many mechanisms this Parliament invents to try to tie me up. I will endeavor to reach an agreement of national interest,” he clarified before adding that “the Government will not delay Brexit anymore.”

The opposition, for its part, had insisted that it would not accept such elections if there are no express guarantees that there will be no exit from the European Union without agreement.

The spokesman for the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) in Westminster, Ian Blackford, said that Johnson has lost all motions in the House of Commons since he became prime minister and has advanced that he “will be expelled from the Government” in the upcoming elections.

Thus, Blackford has stated that he is looking forward to Scotland ensuring its independence “away from the grip of an isolationist United Kingdom and 'tory' that takes us away from the partners and friends of the European Union.”

The head of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, has emphasized that his training has offered the British leader a way out: “Let the population decide by a referendum.”


Shortly after the vote, the House of Commons has experienced moments of tension. Several opposition deputies, who have reported being “silenced” through the suspension of Parliament, have tried to prevent the president of the Lower House, John Bercow, from going to the House of Lords to make such suspension effective until next month October.

Labor deputy Rachael Maskell said that “he has done everything possible tonight to prevent parliamentary activities from being suspended.”

Finally, members of the opposition have remained in the chamber while the 'tories' and Bercow went to the Upper House to finalize the process of suspension of Parliament, a decision that has the permission of the queen, Isabel II.

“Parliament has now been suspended and the House of Commons will meet again on October 14, 2019,” says the British Parliament in its Twitter account.

Bercow himself, meanwhile, has described the suspension as “an unusual extension.” “It is not a standard extension, it is one of the longest in decades,” he said. Given these words, the opposition has applauded the president, who announced on Monday that he will leave office.

Bercow has claimed that his decision is “the least harmful” for the development of parliamentary activity, in a speech applauded from the opposition bench and in which the president has been visibly moved. In the guest gallery were his wife and children, according to the Sky News network.

The Conservative Party had already advanced on Sunday that in the next general elections they will present an alternative candidate to John Bercow to preside over the House of Commons for considering that he has “flagrantly” abused his power during the Brexit voting.

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