Johnson warned that general election 'is coming'

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

Johnson has suspended parliament until October 14 and is required by law to ask for a delay by October 19th.

While Mr Johnson was making his way back to London, the Queen gave assent to legislation created to stop him forcing through a no-deal. A YouGov poll for The Sunday Times also found that "35% of voters say they want "important issues" to be decided by the public in referendums, compared to 33% who are content for decisions to be made by the Parliament".

"It is blindingly obvious why we are being shut down - to prevent scrutiny", Labour Party Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said.

Opposition Labour MPs waved signs reading "silenced" and shouted "Shame on you!" at government lawmakers during a ceremony for the suspension of parliament.

The opposition parties, who aren't united on much, stood firm, along with twenty-one rebel Tories now purged from the party, on the you-break-it-you-buy-it principle that Johnson is going to have to go ask for an extension of the Brexit deadline if he can't get a deal.

Now, Johnson is faced with a teeming array of angry lawmakers, many of whom have vehemently objected to his controversial decision to suspend Parliament.

The bill's passage through parliament prompted anger from the government.

In a statement, the government said it would "consider the implications of this vote and respond in due course".

United Kingdom opposition parties say they won't support an election until Britain has secured a delay to the Brexit date, to ensure the country does not crash out of the bloc without a deal.

Lawmakers won't return to session until October 14 and many fear Britain leaving without an agreement would be economically devastating.

"This government will not delay Brexit any further", he insisted. But he has few easy ways out of it.

Earlier, Johnson insisted he would not request a delay to Brexit beyond October 31 despite MPs approving a new law that could force him to do so.

"There is a silent majority of people in this country who want to move on from this nightmare - who recognize that what's going on is massively damaging to our country, to our global reputation, to our economy", Liberal Democrat lawmaker Norman Lamb said.

He says he will quit both as speaker and as a member of Parliament.

But the timing remains in question.

"We were absolutely rock-solid on rejecting out-of-hand Boris Johnson's attempt to cut and run with a general election", the Liberal Democrats' Tom Brake told the PA news agency.

The opposition has said it will not allow an early election, which under British law requires a two-thirds majority in parliament in favour, until Johnson has either struck a deal or delayed Brexit beyond October 31.

They are, however, likely to attach conditions to any delay to make sure that it does not cause several further months of wrangling without resolution in the British parliament.

"I want an election, we're eager for an election, but as keen as we are, we are not prepared to inflict the disaster of a no-deal on our communities, our jobs, our services, or indeed our rights", said Johnson's counterpart in the opposition, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Officials said on Monday morning the planned suspension of Parliament will come into force from Monday evening. He said he believed a deal could be struck by October 18, when leaders of all 28 European Union countries hold a summit in Brussels.

The comments marked a change of tone, if not substance, for Johnson, who is accused by opponents of driving Britain at full-tilt toward a cliff-edge Brexit. He dropped his tough talk about a no-deal Brexit and said that leaving the European Union without an agreement "would be a failure of statecraft for which we would all be responsible".

Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate outside Parliament in London.

An open border is crucial to the regional economy and underpins the peace process that ended decades of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland. That I would win it and secure a renewed mandate to take this country out the EU.

"We are open to alternatives, but they must be realistic ones, legally-binding and workable, and we haven't received such proposals to date", Varadkar said.

He said he would "strive to get an agreement" at a summit in Brussels next month - the alternative being a "no-deal" departure that critics warn would spark economic chaos.

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow gestures during a meeting at the G7 parliaments summit, in Brest, western France, September 6, 2019. According to Dominic Lawson, a renowned columnist for The Times of London, Johnson's unwavering determination to make Brexit happen on October 31 has "energized" Britain's civil service and "despite the strains it imposes, represented a blessed relief after the opaqueness and immobilism of his predecessor (former PM Theresa May)".

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