Outgoing parliament deals new Brexit blow to British PM JohnsonArchive
Beleaguered British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to continue with his attempts to strike a new Brexit deal with Brussels, after losing yet another parliamentary vote on Tuesday to hold an early election.
Johnson slammed the opposition for voting against his call for a snap poll next month, in the final minutes of a late-night debate ahead of a controversial five-week suspension of parliament called by the prime minister.
He said he would “strive to get an agreement” at a summit in Brussels next month.
“While the opposition run from their duty to answer to those who put us here, they cannot hide forever,” he said.
“The moment will come when the people will finally get their chance to deliver their verdict.”
It was a final show of defiance in a stormy parliamentary session in which Johnson also lost a separate vote, calling on the government to publish confidential papers about the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit.
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.
The prime minister insisted he would not delay, despite a bill being rushed through parliament in the past few days that could force him to do so if he fails to reach an agreement with the EU.
“This government will not delay Brexit any further,” he insisted.