Boris Johnson pushes ahead with early election plans

Boris Johnson failed to secure an election on Monday

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Boris Johnson is expected to once again ask MPs to support his plans for a December 12 election despite the measure being defeated on Monday night.

His latest attempt for a snap poll would require a simple majority of MPs rather than the two-thirds majority required on Monday.

However he may face another embarrassing defeat, with Labour not supporting the Prime Minister and the Liberal Democrats and SNP forming their own plan for a December 9 vote.

Mr Johnson no longer holds a simple majority in Parliament after the Conservatives removed 21 MPs from the party.

One reason the Liberal Democrats and the SNP have selected an earlier election date is because they believe it would prevent Mr Johnson’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill being passed.

There are also concerns a pre-Christmas vote could affect turnout, especially among students as they return home from university.

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson said the Prime Minister would have been more successful if he supported her party’s Bill for a December 9 vote.

“Instead, he has chosen to stick to his original plan for December 12 which we have already rejected,” she said.

SNP MP Ian Blackford said his party would require a “cast-iron guarantee” from the Prime Minister he would not try to bring his Brexit deal to Parliament before they would consider supporting an election.

Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has pledged the Bill would not be brought before MPs until after an election.

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