Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

UK: MPs reject snap general election

UK Parliament  Jessica Taylor UK Parliament Jessica Taylor
Jean Garcia | 11 September, 2019, 07:56

After calling for a general election for two years, it is thought that the Labour leader would struggle to justify further votes against an early poll - particularly without the reason now being given, which is that Johnson could change the date of the election and have it take place after no deal.

Although the government won the motion by a 293 - 46 vote, it nonetheless failed to reach the two-thirds majority of 434 under the fixed term parliament is required to call a general election.

The Tories slammed the proposal asserting that preserving a second referendum would delay a protracted-established election by at the least a year.

"It is important that voters who want to leave as well as those who want to remain can vote Labour. We're ready to unleash the biggest people-powered campaign we've ever seen". "If Labour is in government it will negotiate the best possible deal it can and let people decide between that deal and the current deal as European Union members", said one person with knowledge of the meeting.

While stopping short of calling for that himself, Mr Watson will say it is not too late for Labour to "win back" Remain voters from the Lib Dems if it campaigns "unequivocally" to remain. We have something here which is the basic foundation of a perfectly pragmatic deal that we believe can command a majority in Parliament and also begin to reunite our deeply divided country, and even at this 11th hour we think there is time to do it'.

It is not clear how Watson expects parliament as it is now constituted to make a definite decision on Brexit, when the set of MPs now sitting have only shown an ability to delay and block various routes - from leaving with Theresa May's deal to exiting without a deal.

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"Only Boris Johnson and the Conservatives will produce Brexit by 31 October, no ifs or buts, so we can go on and aim on the difficulties that issue to people today - investing in the NHS, reducing violent crime and chopping the expense of living".

"Prime minister: you can hide from parliament for a few weeks, but when we return we will be ready", Starmer will say.

Ian Austin, who resigned the whip earlier this year, launched an attack on Corbyn in a debate requested by the Labour leader on the rule of law. He often misses shadow cabinet these days. "Many on the left of the party are suggesting that he wants to avoid an election at all costs out of fear that Jeremy may become prime minister".

Pro-Remain Labour activists are also hoping the party's conference later this month will commit the leadership to backing Remain under all circumstances.

The PM had already kicked off his unofficial election campaign with a visit to Yorkshire on Thursday, during which he re-announced his police recruitment drive.

Emily Thornberry was seemingly overwhelmed by the barrage of questions from both Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan on how the Labour party would deal with the Brexit issue.

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