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US News PM calls again for election as opposition MPs move closer to support

18:20  23 october  2019
18:20  23 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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  It is very unlikely that the PM will get his way today - here's why There were two pieces of received wisdom about the vote on the first Saturday sitting of parliament since 1982 - one factual, one political. The first was that the government "pulled the vote" after they lost the Letwin amendment, which dictated that the PM's deal could not be authorised until all associated Brexit-related legislation is passed.The other was that nothing was decided, that it was a damp squib. Both things are untrue.

But opposition MPs called the threat to pull the bill "childish blackmail". Following the opening speeches from Mr Johnson and opposition leaders, MPs debated the bill in what is called But this is all dependent on the government having enough support for the second reading and the programme

The PM will push for a general election if the EU proposes to delay Brexit until January, No 10 has "If Parliament's delay is agreed by Brussels, then the only way the country can move on is with an Opposition MPs have previously ruled out holding a general election until the prospect of no-deal

Boris Johnson wearing a suit and tie: Boris Johnson said an early election was the only way to break the deadlock © Sky News Screen Grab Boris Johnson said an early election was the only way to break the deadlock

Boris Johnson has demanded MPs who voted down his Brexit bill last night now back a general election to break the deadlock.

The prime minister said he wanted to deliver Britain's departure from the EU on 31 October but that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was stopping him doing so.

Mr Corbyn claimed the deal secured with Brussels last week was a "worse than terrible treaty".

Their fiery clash came just minutes after a sit-down meeting between the two, their chief whips and most senior advisers.

A Conservative source said it was to find common ground for a new timetable for the bill to pass through parliament, after Mr Johnson's "paused" the bill's progress following defeat on his bid to rush it through in three days.

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MPs must be given "a straight up-and-down vote" on the PM 's Brexit deal later, No 10 says, but it is not clear whether the Speaker will allow it. The PM tried to bring his deal to the Commons for a vote on Saturday, but his strategy was dealt a blow when MPs backed moves to delay approval instead.

MPs have voted to reject the government’s timetable for the passage of the bill that would implement the prime minister’s Brexit deal. Boris Johnson said earlier today he would withdraw the bill and seek a general election if he lost the vote. MPs move immediately to vote on the programme motion.

  PM calls again for election as opposition MPs move closer to support © AP

However a Labour spokesperson said Mr Corbyn pushed for a "reasonable timetable" to allow proper scrutiny.

They added, crucially, that the Labour leader would unleash his party's support for an early election once "the threat of a no-deal crash out is off the table".

It is not possible to rule out no-deal completely, but the EU could respond to the prime minister's forced request for a three-month delay later on Wednesday.

The SNP hinted they too could back a snap poll, its Westminster leader Ian Blackford calling on Mr Johnson to "secure an extension and bring on a general election".

Donald Tusk wearing a suit and tie: Donald Tusk has recommended EU leaders accept a three month delay © Other Donald Tusk has recommended EU leaders accept a three month delay

Donald Tusk, the president of the EU Council which liases directly with all 28 leaders, said he had recommended to them they accept the request to move the Brexit deadline to 31 January 2020.

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MPs have been spitting chips in the Commons tonight about the speed at which ministers are trying to move , as it gives them less time to look properly and understand what it all means. The opposition parties and different tribes of MPs will use this week as a chance to get their way on Brexit.

MPs have complained that the short time frame to debate the Prime Minister's new Brexit deal avoids proper scrutiny. After the Bill was introduced for a first Boris Johnson faces two crunch votes in the House of Commons this evening as he tries to keep alive his pledge to deliver Brexit by October 31.

He was backed by David Sassoli, the new president of the EU Parliament - which is holding off on voting whether it approves the deal until the British parliament does too.

Ken Clarke, a Tory grandee and former chancellor, has called on the prime minister to un-pause his deal legislation and come up with an alternative timetable he thinks MPs could support to deliver Brexit in "a month or two".

But Mr Johnson remained steadfast, saying "I think it would still be very much in the best interests of this country… to get Brexit done by 31 October."

His spokesman later responded to a question about whether he could push for a general election before Christmas by saying "yes".

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