Prime Minister defeated in longest Commons session since Civil War

The Prime Minister was defeated once again

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The House of Commons has once again defeated Boris Johnson and has rejected his second motion to hold a general election before the Brexit deadline on October 31.

The Prime Minister had wanted to take the country to the polls next month to break the political deadlock but again Labour and other opposition MPs refused back Mr Johnson and while the possibility of a no deal withdrawal remained.

Mr Johnson accused opposition parties of making "outrageous excuses" to delay.

The longest Parliamentary session in recent history came to an end at around 1.45am with the beginning of a five-week suspension of Parliament, known as prorogation.

The session had been interrupted by protests from opposition MPs – some Labour MPs held signs stating “silenced” and Lloyd Russell-Moyle appeared to try to hold on to Speaker John Bercow at the point he was requested to lead MPs to the Lords.

Shouts of "shame on you" could be heard as Government MPs left the Commons to head to the House of Lords for the prorogation ceremony.

The temporary suspension means a general election is extremely unlikely until at least mid-November.

The night also saw the Bill passed last week aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit receive Royal Assent and become law.

MPs also passed a Tory rebel Bill ordering the publication of Brexit documents connected to no deal planning.

Meanwhile, Mr Bercow confirmed that he will stand down as Speaker of the House of Commons at the end of October.

Conservative MP Sir Edward Leigh and Labour MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle both announced their plans to run for the position.

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