Parliament again has rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest bid for a general election on December 12. The motion failed, with 299 votes in favor and just 70 against. However, it fell shy of the 434 votes which is two-thirds of all MPs, required to pass.
The Prime Minister said, this House can no longer keep this country hostage and Parliament had become dysfunctional. He has attacked Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to back a general election.
He said he would continue to press for a December 12 polling day – even though the Liberal Democrats and the SNP suggested at the weekend they could support a slightly earlier date of December 9.
Meanwhile, the opposition Labour Party abstained in the vote, making it impossible to secure the necessary two-thirds majority.
In Brussels, EU leaders are expected to agree a flexible extension to the UK’s Brexit date from October 31 to the end of January. Reports say that Boris Johnson is to try again for a pre-Christmas election after MPs rejected his plans for the third time.