British MPs rebuff gov’t proposal for snap elections

LONDON, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lost again a parliamentary vote for early general elections.

Johnson’s bill for an election on December 12, was backed only by 299 out of 650 members of the House of Common on Monday, way short of the threshold of 434, as the main opposition Labour party MPs have abstained.

In an defiant tone following the vote, Johnson said he will put foward a short bill on Tuesday for an early election. He stated that the new bill will need a simple majoirty, half plus one votes not two thirds as required by the previous ones.

The new election bill will need to pass through both the Commons and the Lords, and receive Royal Assent which means that it will take more time. He vented his spleen on the parliament, saying it is time to replace the “dysfunctional Parliament” with one that can get Brexit done. “I simply do not believe that this House is capable of delivering on the priorities of the people, whether that means Brexit or anything else. “This House can no longer keep this country hostage,” he told MPs.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn laid it bare that his party will support an early election, but only once the risk of a no-deal Brexit is “off the table”.

The latest rejection by MPs comes after Johnson lost two previous attempts last month to trigger an early election.

Earlier today, the European Council announced that Brussels had granted Britain a so-called flexible extension for Brexit until January 31.

Under the terms of the extension granted by the EU, if British MPs back Johnson’s Brexit deal in the coming weeks then the extension can be terminated early and the UK will split from Brussels.

Source: Kuwait News Agency