Downing Street: PM will stay on even if Queen’s Speech defeated

Boris Johnson attended his first Queen's Speech as PM

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Boris Johnson will not resign even if his agenda set out in the Queen’s Speech is defeated by Parliament, according to a Downing Street spokesman.

The Prime Minister used his first Queen’s Speech to promise Brexit would be delivered by October 31 and set-out a raft of anti-crime bills.

Jeremy Corbyn called the speech a “farce” and joined other opposition leaders in accusing Mr Johnson of using the opening of Parliament as a pre-election stunt.

The Prime Minister does not hold a majority in the Commons after he expelled 21 rebel Conservative MPs who chose not to support the government.

The last time a government was defeated on a vote relating to a Queen’s Speech was in 1924.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said Mr Johnson would continue to push bills through Parliament even if the speech was defeated.

Meanwhile, the Government has rejected comments from the Finnish prime minister that “more time” is needed to negotiate a Brexit deal.

Finland's Antti Rinne said there was “no time” to achieve an agreement before the October 31 deadline.

“I think there is no time in a practical or legal way to find an agreement before the EU Council meeting. We need more time,” he said after meeting with the European Council's president-elect Charles Michel.

However, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said a “great deal” of progress had been made ahead of a meeting of European leaders starting in Brussels on Thursday.

Mr Johnson will pitch his Brexit deal to the EU on Thursday and Friday, with the goal of passing this agreement through Parliament on a rare Saturday session.

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