British Parliament tombs Johnson’s plan to call early elections

Protests against Brexit in front of the British Parliament – Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire / dpa

Johnson shaves Corby to be “the first opposition leader in history” who rejects an electoral advance


The House of Commons has rejected on Wednesday the motion presented by the Government to request the convening of early elections on October 15, after the opposition has warned that it will not accept such elections if there are no express guarantees that there will be no Departure from the European Union without agreement.

British Parliament tombs Johnson’s plan to call early elections
British Parliament tombs Johnson’s plan to call early elections

In order for the Government's motion to proceed, it was necessary that at least 434 deputies – two thirds of the chamber – support it. However, it has resulted in 298 votes in favor and 56 against, in a scenario marked by the abstention of many legislators.

British deputies have ruled on this issue immediately after passing a law that – in the absence of the approval of the House of Lords – will force Johnson to request an extension of Brexit if before October 19 he fails to achieve ratify any agreement or obtain an express permission from Parliament for an abrupt divorce.

Johnson, in favor of removing the United Kingdom from the EU on October 31 at any cost, had offered the elections as 'plan B' in the face of criticism from the opposition and a group of 'tories' dissidents. However, it has failed to convince those who prefer to postpone this appointment until the law with which to avoid a Brexit without agreement is definitively approved.

The prime minister considers that this law represents a “surrender” to Brussels and limits London's negotiation margin, although it is true that Johnson's plan to reopen the current Withdrawal Agreement has already been repeatedly ruled out by the European authorities , that they would only be open to discuss the political statement about future relations between the two parties.


After his third consecutive parliamentary defeat, Johnson has shaved his position to the Labor Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, whom he has described as “the first opposition leader in the country's democratic history who rejects an invitation to the elections.” In his opinion, this rejection is because he “does not think he can win”, although he has urged Corbyn to “reflect” on the proposal again.

Corbyn has pointed out during this long parliamentary day that, although he does not oppose the electoral call, there must first be formal guarantees that there will in no case be an abrupt divorce between London and Brussels, which happens at least to wait for the promulgation of the law that is in full process.

The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Jo Swinson, has assured after the vote in a statement that his formation “cannot allow Boris Johnson to use elections to take the country to a dangerous Brexit without agreement that neither citizens nor their representatives support “, according to the BBC.

Swinson has pointed out that liberal democrats do indeed want the “opportunity” to measure themselves with the rest of the parties in an election, but has insisted that they will not support any initiative in this regard “until article 50 has been extended”, in reference to the section of the Treaty of Lisbon that gives rise to the separation of the United Kingdom from the EU.

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