Boris Johnson loses bid for new election amid Brexit defeats
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday was denied a snap general election — one he called after losing two votes that blocked him from taking Britain out of the EU without a deal.
The leader was humiliated as rebels from his own party turned against him and voted to take the no-deal off the table — which he damned as “without precedent in the history” of Parliament and forcing him to “surrender in international negotiations.”
“I refuse to do this and it is clear there is only one way forward for the country,” he said, demanding an early election on Oct. 15.
“The country must now decide whether the leader of the opposition or I go to those negotiations.”
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn raised huge cheers when he replied, “We want an election because we look forward to turfing this government out!”
However, he declined the election offer unless Johnson removes the “poison of a no-deal,” with the bill now going to the House of Lords for approval.
Corbyn called the election a “cynical” move to go behind the vote and force through Brexit without a deal on Oct. 31.
Johnson later saw Parliament vote against his new election bid after lengthy debate.
After the decision, the prime minister derided his rival as being “the first leader of the opposition in the democratic history of our country to refuse the invitation to an election.”
“The obvious conclusion is that he does not think he’ll win,” he added.
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