UK MPs vote against early election in new blow for PM Boris Johnson amid Brexit crisis

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The vote came just before the suspension of parliament for five weeks – a controversial move decided by Mr Johnson. Read more at straitstimes.com.

LONDON – British MPs on Tuesday voted against holding an early election next month in a fresh blow for beleaguered Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson had set up the suspension – called a prorogation - last month in what opponents cast as an attempt to sideline lawmakers as he attempts to pull the country out of the European Union by Oct 31, with or without a withdrawal deal. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on Monday gave final approval to the Bill. The step, known as Royal Assent, is effectively a rubber-stamp from the monarch. The Royal Assent was announced in Parliament’s Upper Chamber, the House of Lords.

IRISH BORDER Ireland told Mr Johnson on Monday that he must make specific proposals on the future of the Irish border if there is to be any hope of averting a no-deal Brexit, saying Dublin cannot rely on simple promises. Mr Johnson, who has no majority in Parliament, is seeking an election just a few weeks ahead of the Oct 31 deadline, though lawmakers have already refused that request once.

The no-deal blocking Bill will force Mr Johnson to seek a three-month extension to the Oct 31 deadline unless Parliament has either approved a deal or consented by Oct 19 to leave without one.

 

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