Jacob Rees-Mogg: Second motion for general election scheduled

Mr Rees-Mogg has announced a second motion

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has said a second motion for an early general election has been scheduled for Monday, and has not ruled out a third attempt should it fail.

Boris Johnson’s original call for a snap poll failed yesterday when hundreds of MPs abstained from voting – meaning it did not gain the necessary two-thirds majority to pass.

The Commons voted 298 to 55 - 136 short of the number needed.

Parliament is due to be temporarily suspended next week, with Mr Rees-Mogg saying it will happen on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

However, Labour former minister Angela Eagle said the Cabinet minister had been "extremely coy" about when MPs would be sent home and pressed him to say if the Prime Minister will "have a third go" at tabling a general election later in the week.

Mr Rees-Mogg did not rule it out.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party would back an election once a Bill designed to prevent a no-deal Brexit on October 31 is cleared by Parliament and gains Royal Assent.

The European Union (Withdrawal) (No 6) Bill in question is expected to clear the House of Lords on Friday and receive Royal Assent on Monday.

Business scheduled for next week also included a series of debates related to Northern Ireland and time to consider any amendments from the Lords connected to legislation.

Meanwhile, shadow Commons leader Valerie Vaz said MPs do not trust the Government or the PM - saying Tory former minister Jo Johnson has resigned because he "can't take it any more".

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