London (AP) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to call for a new election if MPs in Parliament bar him the way to a no-deal Brexit by law. He announced that late Tuesday evening after his defeat against opponents of his Brexit course.
"I do not want to have a choice, but if the MPs vote for another senseless Brexit delay, that would be the only way out," Johnson said.
On Tuesday, against the will of the government, Parliament cleared the way for a legislative procedure designed to prevent Britain leaving the EU without an agreement on 31 October. The draft should be whipped on Wednesday by the lower house so that it can be submitted to the House of Lords as soon as possible. If the lords also agree, the bill can become law.
The envisaged law requires Johnson to request a postponement of the EU's withdrawal if no exit agreement is ratified by 19 October. The application would then have to be approved by the remaining 27 EU Member States.
However, Johnson does not want to request an extension of the Brexit deadline under "any circumstances." He hopes for a new election. A vote on his request could be made on Wednesday evening. But Johnson needs for a two-thirds majority in the lower house. He is therefore dependent on the opposition. Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to get involved but only when the law against the unregulated EU exit has passed. "When the law to stop the No Deal comes into force, we will vote for a parliamentary vote so that people can decide on the future of our country," Corbyn tweeted.
A new election is actually inevitable anyway. Johnson had lost his gossip on Tuesday. 21 rebels from Johnson's Tory party who voted against the government were expelled from the faction. These include former Chancellor Philip Hammond and former President Ken Clarke. They are now no longer allowed to compete for the Conservatives at the next parliamentary election.
The government had already announced the crackdown on dissenters. Some of the rebels are said to have been quite encouraged to offer their brow to the head of government. Even while Johnson was at the rostrum, conservative MP Phillip Lee had demonstratively left the government faction on Tuesday in protest against Johnson's Brexit policy and took his place among the opposition MPs.
To rage and indignation had also led Johnson's decision to suspend the parliament before the Brexit date for several weeks. This lawsuit has been filed in several lawsuits across the country. Edinburgh's top Scottish court was expected to make a decision on Wednesday. On Thursday, the case was to be heard in the High Court in London. Ultimately, however, a final judgment should be taken by the Supreme Court.
Tweet from Jeremy Corbyn