UK Parliament Suspension: The PM’s Bid to Call Election Defeated Again

UK Parliament Suspension
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UK Parliament suspension is now an official reality, and it will be prorogued until October 14, when the MPs will return to the legislature. Amid the tumultuous scenes, unprecedented of its kinds, the parliament saw unhappy members of Parliament holding signs saying “silenced” while shouting: “shame on you.” They were referring to the “shameless” Boris Johnson, whose obstinacy for his self-imposed oath of delivering Brexit by October has touched the levels of insanity.

This peaceful chaos in Parliament came after the PM Johnson’s second attempt to call a snap election in October was defeated. His latest bid came in the early hours of Tuesday, and is his sixth straight defeat in five days of House of Commons business. Opposition MPs refused to back PM’s plan to call a snap poll and insisted that the law blocking the no-deal Brexit must be implemented first.

To hold early elections, the government needs 434 votes, which is two third majority in the lower house of Parliament of 650. Only 293 MPs liked the idea of early elections floated by beleaguered Johnson, who hopes greater majority in the elections would win him his ultimate cause of delivering a Brexit, deal or no deal.

However, in UK, Parliament suspension is not uncommon for new governments to suspend parliament, which allows them to schedule monarch’s speech to set out a new legislative program. Yet the timing in which these measures have been taken, and the duration of the suspension both have caused controversy.

Tory rebel Sir Oliver Letwin, who recently defied the isolated PM to vote to block a no-deal divorce, hinted at the possibility of a second referendum. He said there is a sufficient majority in Parliament now to back another referendum. When asked if the PM would back a further vote, he responded to BBC that: “Boris has often changed his mind about many things and that’s one of his advantages, that he’s very flexible so maybe he can.”

The Labour Party, the main opposition political party in the country, is also adamant that it would back a motion that allowed the government to set the timetable of any election. The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said, “I want an election, we’re eager for an election, but as keen as we are, we are not prepared to inflict the disaster of a no deal on our communities, our jobs, our services, or indeed our rights,” Corbyn said in Parliament Monday night.

Another important bill stopping a no-deal divorce was rubberstamped by the Queen’s office earlier on Monday. However, it is uncertain whether PM Johnson would obey the law if an election was called before the October 31 deadline.

Criticizing Parliament’s decision to “deny the British people their say,” the PM said his government would “press on with negotiating a deal,” while preparing to leave the EU without one.

“No matter- how many devices this Parliament invents to tie my hands I will strive to get an agreement in the national interest,” Boris Johnson said.

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