UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has proposed holding early parliamentary elections after the House of Commons passed Brexit Prevention Bill without a deal on October 3.
“If such a bill is passed (on the postponement of Brexit deadlines), then it will be impossible for the government to fulfill its responsibilities (in terms of ensuring the Brexit process). Elections should be held and scheduled for Tuesday, October 15,” Johnson said in a parliament statement on Wednesday evening .
“This law has taken away the country’s right to decide how long it will remain in the EU. Now the country must decide who, the leader of the opposition or I, will go to Brussels to negotiate with the EU,” Johnson added.
At the moment, the situation around Brexit is at an impasse: the country’s parliament is opposed to the agreement with the EU in its current form, but it is categorically opposed to Brexit without an agreement. The EU refuses to resume negotiations and revise the agreement. Johnson insists that Britain will leave the EU on time – October 31 – with or without agreement.
Johnson called on the eve not to vote for a “meaningless” delay with Brexit, saying that it would undermine Britain’s position in negotiations with the EU. In his opinion, Brussels will soon make concessions if it feels that Britain will definitely withdraw from the EU on October 31.
Extraordinary elections, according to the opponents of the prime minister, will allow Johnson to “hang” the responsibility for further uncertainty and instability on the rebellious parliamentarians, while giving the prime minister a chance to strengthen the position of the Conservative Party in parliament and freely withdraw the country from the EU without an agreement.
For elections, support is needed for two-thirds of the total number of deputies. Given that Labor leader Jeremy Corbin has repeatedly called on the government to hold elections, Johnson has a good chance of holding them. Corbin, meanwhile, is confident in the success of his party.
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