Boris Johnson has suffered a double Commons defeat with MPs backing a bill to block a no deal exit from the EU – and then rejecting his transfer to set off a snap General Election.
Just a day after Opposition and insurgent Tory MPs seized management of the Commons agenda, they handed laws by 327 votes to 299, to compel the Prime Minister to ask Brussels for a delay to Brexit.
Immediately afterwards, Mr Johnson mentioned an election “must now” be held on October 15.
He advised MPs: “I feel it’s very unhappy that MPs have voted like this, I do, I feel it’s an excellent dereliction of their democratic obligation.
“But if I’m nonetheless Prime Minister after Tuesday October 15 then we’ll depart on October 31 with, I hope, a significantly better deal.”
But Mr Johnson failed to get two thirds of MPs to back an election being held, a threshold wanted below the 2011 Fixed Term Parliaments Act.
Hundreds of MPs abstained within the vote, with 298 voting in favour and 56 towards.
Mr Johnson accused Jeremy Corbyn of wanting to “stop the people from voting”, including: “He has become, to my knowledge, the first leader of the opposition in the democratic history of our country to refuse the invitation to an election.”
However, opposition events are cautious of falling right into a “trap” they believe the Government is laying to mothball Parliament with an election so as to get no deal by way of.
The Labour chief burdened that the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill should be handed by way of the Lords and have obtained Royal Assent earlier than he will entertain the considered a common election.
He likened Mr Johnson’s supply of a common election on Tuesday October 15 to “the offer of a poisoned apple to Snow White by a wicked queen”.
He added: “The Prime Minister says he has a strategy but he can’t say what it is and can’t tell the EU either – the truth is that there really is nothing there.”
Following an obvious parliamentary sleight of hand by the Government, an modification looking for to give MPs a vote on Theresa May’s remaining Brexit deal was additionally handed.
The “rebel alliance” will search to have it axed from the bill within the Lords nevertheless it may trigger a delay to makes an attempt to move the laws.
The Commons setbacks for the Government got here after the Tory civil struggle deepened, with Mr Johnson hit with a backlash over his choice to bar 21 MPs from standing as Conservative MPs on the subsequent election.
He additionally confronted anger from MPs over the conduct of his No10 chief adviser Dominic Cummings with one veteran Tory branding him “an unelected foul-mouthed oaf”.
Tory former Cabinet minister Dame Caroline Spelman grew to become the newest MP to insurgent towards the Government, when she backed the anti-no deal bill, however won’t have the occasion whip withdrawn as it was not being handled as a “confidence” matter.
The Prime Minister has vowed that Britain will depart the European Union “do or die” by October 31.
But the brand new legislation would drive him to ask for a delay except he may get a brand new deal, backed by the Commons, or MPs to help a no deal departure.
Mr Johnson has declared he won’t request an extension.
Opposition leaders and MPs are locked in talks over the timing of an election – and whether or not it ought to happen after October 31 to make sure the Prime Minister is unable to drive Britain out of the EU with no deal.
Labour MPs are piling stress on Jeremy Corbyn to undertake such a technique.
The anti-no deal bill will now be thought of within the Lords the place Tory MPs are anticipated to search to kill it off with an avalanche of greater than 100 amendments.
But Opposition friends had been ready for all-night sittings to move it.
Downing Street spokesman mentioned the PM wouldn’t resign to drive the nation to head to the polls if the Government loses the election vote, telling a Westminster briefing: “He’s not going to step down. He desires an election.
“We will discover a method to ship on what the British individuals need, which is to ship Brexit by October 31.”
Mr Johnson eliminated the whip from 21 Conservative MPs after they voted towards the Government so as to enable time for the backbench Bill to be debated on Wednesday.
Those sacked embrace former Chancellor Philip Hammond, David Gauke and Rory Stewart – all of whom had been serving in Theresa May’s Cabinet simply weeks in the past. Party stalwarts Ken Clarke, Father of the House, and Sir Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill’s grandson, had been additionally dismissed.
Former Scottish Tory chief Ruth Davidson mentioned on Twitter: “How, in the name of all that is good and holy, is there no longer room in the Conservative Party for @NSoames? #anofficerandagentleman.”
Former Tory Party chairman Lord Kenneth Baker mentioned: “These 21 MPs are not parvenus seeking to infiltrate the party, they are lifelong Tories in their mind and in their bones.”
He warned the occasion owes its success to being a broad church which had stored coverage selections out of the palms of “swivel-eyed ideologues”, and known as for the 21 to be allowed to stand once more for the Conservatives on the subsequent election.
But Business Minister Kwasi Kwarteng defended the motion.
He advised BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It is a shame – a lot of them are very talented people. But you cannot have people standing as Conservative MPs when they are against the Government’s policy on the key issue of the day.”