Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his Shadow Chancellor smell victory as things are falling as per their wishes. Corbyn wants the Benn bill to gain royal assent before considering backing Mr Johnson’s call for a general election… reports Asian Lite News
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing more humiliation as strategy to take Britain out of EU failed miserably in parliament and in his party.
The Parliament took control of the Brexit process as the Lords passed the Benn bill to stop a no-deal Brexit. There were claims pro-Brexit peers could deliberately hold up the bill so it could not get royal assent before Parliament is prorogued next week.
Meanwhile, the prime minister and his top aide David Cummings are under pressure to revoke the suspension of 21 MPs. Damian Green MP, former de facto deputy prime minister and the Chairman of One Nation Tories, ask the Boris team to reinstate the whip to the 21 MPs.
The One Nation group, which includes Cabinet ministers Amber Rudd, Nicky Morgan and Robert Buckland, accused the Prime Minister of a “purge of moderate colleagues”.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his Shadow Chancellor smell victory as things are falling as per their wishes. Corbyn wants the Benn bill to gain royal assent before considering backing Mr Johnson’s call for a general election. The prime minister was humiliated with another defeat to get parliament approval to dissolve the Parliament and hold the election on October 15.
He needed two-thirds of all MPs to vote in favour – under the rules set by the Fixed Terms Parliaments Act – but, after Labour whipped its members to abstain, there were only 298 in favour of the motion and 56 against. That left Mr Johnson 133 short of his target.
Speaking after the vote, the prime minister said Mr Corbyn was “the first leader of the opposition in the democratic history of our country to refuse the invitation to an election”.
He said he “urged [Mr Corbyn’s] colleagues to reflect on the unsustainability of this position overnight and in the course of the next few days”.
But earlier, the Labour leader likened Mr Johnson’s offer to “an apple to Snow White from the Wicked Queen… offering the poison of a no-deal”.
“Let this bill [to block a no deal] pass and gain royal assent, then we will back an election so we do not crash out,” he added.
The Shadow Chancellor John McDonnel told BBC Radio 4 that his party can’t trust the Prime Minister any more.
The Labour strategy is now to take steam out of Boris’s USP to win the general election. If he can’t deliver Brexit by October 31, he will be humiliated for breaking his promise. The Labour will create all the hurdles to make it happen.
Meanwhile the EU undermines the credibility of the Johnson team. The government earlier claims that progress has been made in redrafting elements of the Withdrawal Agreement painstakingly negotiated over the past two years. But, Michel Barnier, the chief European Brexit negotiator, is reported to have told European diplomats that negotiations with London over the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU are in a state of paralysis.