Boris Johnson has ruled out a snap election. Where have we heard THAT before?

Boris Johnson: UK’s new PM can’t open his mouth without putting his foot in it.

It seems fledgeling UK prime minister Boris Johnson has ruled out a snap election before the UK leaves the EU on October 31.

Meanwhile, EU officials have ruled out any chance of renegotiating a departure deal – and with Parliament refusing to approve Brexit without a deal, it seems an election is the only logical course of action.

Not only that, but it seems the Tories are arranging secret meetings with key members and activists outside London, to consult on policies to help them fight off challenges from Labour and the LibDems in marginal seats.

Do you believe that?

Labour doesn’t.

Jeremy Corbyn’s party has put its members on snap-election alert.

We’ve been here before, of course.

Theresa May swore to us all that she would not announce a general election in 2017 – and then announced a general election in 2017.

Mr Johnson’s announcement means he’ll be a hypocrite, no matter what.

If he announces a snap election after ruling one out, he’ll have contradicted himself in the same way as Theresa May did in 2017.

But denying the UK an election means he would contradict his own words from 2007, as This Writer explained previously.

Only two days into his premiership, BoJob has managed to convince the country not only that he is a liar…

But that he’s a bad liar.

Source: Boris Johnson rules out early election amid EU resistance to Brexit plan – ITV News

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10 thoughts on “Boris Johnson has ruled out a snap election. Where have we heard THAT before?

  1. nick

    i think you’ll find mike Boris has to do nothing as the default is to leave with no deal. He doesn’t have to call an election and that is nothing parliament can do to stop no deal. Personally, I think he will get a deal as the EU has far more to lose then the uk. The uk will be hit very hard but nothing like the EU

    1. Marc Noel

      Keep telling yourself that. They need us more than we need them has produced zero results after 3 years, it ain’t gonna suddenly become a silver bullet over the next 3 months. Incidentally your belief that Parliament cannot prevent a no deal Brexit is ill-founded, this is the very reason Johnson has openly suggested by-passing Parliament. If Johnson and the government attempt to introduce legislation to facilitate a no deal Brexit, then Parliament can attach amendments effectively under mining the legislation and preventing a no deal from happening. There is a better chance of the German car manufacturers or Italian Prosecco producers riding to your rescue than the government railroading a no deal Brexit through Parliament.

  2. Gary

    Johnson has not said he won’t call a snap election. He has said that there will be no election before 31st October, which rather changes things. Many reports of him being quoted as saying various things are actually of interviewers asking questions and him not specifically disagreeing, such as the ‘do or die’ quote – not actually a quote from him.

    There’s nothing to stop him from asking (at least) for an election after 31st October and using the resulting suspension of parliament as a tool to allow Brexit with no deal to go through unopposed.

    And, despite everything, I have to agree with the previous commentor, Boris does not need further approval to leave on 31st October, the legislation is already there, the October date is merely a delay to the original date approved by parliament. I agree that parliament will do everything it can to stop that but I’m not sure that will happen this time IF that is actually what he wants to do. He is certainly more convincing than May at putting across his willingness to carry out the threat.

    Looking at completing the task of carrying out Brexit purely in a logical sense (ie not the actual merits of doing so) then leaving with out any form of deal DOES make sense. In terms of getting the job done it means that we ‘default’ out and then afterwards make deals separately, where possible, on agreed issues with the EU. The direct alternative is getting a deal through parliament. And no matter what type of deal that was brought forward the makeup of parliament will stop it in its tracks. ANY deal will be thwarted. LibDems & SNP will vote against any leave deal and Labour sill likely do the same EVEN IF it meets what they currently state as policy. Politically, voting ANY deal through parliament will be toxic to Labour’s future. In the following decades it will be remembered that it was the Tories who decided to hold the referendum and they who pushed through an unwilling parliament and got no deal. Future economic and social problems will be blamed, both rightly and wrongly, on Brexit and how the Tories handled it. The hands-off approach of Labour (whilst still respecting the Leave result) will play much better in the long term than either the LibDems looking to overturn the result or the Tories hardline no-deal approach.

    But should we NOT leave in October then confidence will be lost not just in Boris and the Tories but in politics itself. The public voted and of course ‘Leavers’ are angry, but we have to remember that even those who voted Remain are now angry too. The vast majority of those Remain voters has accepted the result and expects their government to do its job and get UK out of the EU. They hate the uncertaintly, they are SICK of hearing about it ad nauseum on TV news and they too will lose trust in parliament should it fail to deliver on the referendum’s result after expressly voting in parliament to do so and do so (now) by 31st October 2019…

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Any election called before April 2022 will be a snap election. Mr Johnson has therefore refused to call a snap election.

      The “do or die” quote IS something he said. See: “So we are getting ready to come out on 31 October, come what may,” he said. And he added: “Do or die. Come what may.”

      If Parliament is sitting prior to October 31, then MPs will veto a no-deal Brexit and will demand an extension to Article 50 if no supportable deal is reached. That is the reason there has been so much debate about proroguing Parliament to prevent it from being able to stop a no-deal Brexit happening. Efforts to make it possible to stop Parliament from sitting have failed, so a no-deal Brexit still seems unlikely to me.

      Of course, we’ve been here before: The October 31 deadline was set after Theresa May failed to get a deal before March 29 and Parliament refused to allow a no-deal Brexit. You lived through that so you should be aware of it.

      Leaving with no deal at all doesn’t make any kind of sense at all, in economic terms. It would dump us all in the mire. Farmers would have to pay 40 per cent tariffs on exports, for example.

      So you see, Mr Johnson is in a very sticky situation. If he doesn’t leave on October 31, then the Tories have failed to do the will of the people. He can’t – realistically – leave without a deal because Parliament won’t allow it – but Parliament won’t allow any kind of deal he would put forward either. So we come back to the possibility of a snap election, that he has just vetoed.

      You see why I think he’s not telling the truth about not having an election?

  3. Medusa

    I voted remain, and I want a socialist Labour government with Jeremy Corbyn as PM because the country deperately needs both but, there’s a part of me that wants Blojob the clown to get his October 31st deadline and fall flat on his face. I want him and his extremist right wing party to fully own the absolute shit show they instigated in 2016. Brexit is still as much a poison chalice now as it was then. I want him and the LibDems to own every stinking piece of it and go down in history as the wreckers of this United Kingdom, never to be trusted again. Unfortunatley, our laughable MSM will still try to hang this on the most decent and principled man of our times, Jeremy Corbyn. We need Levison II. We need the media to be forced into honest accountable reporting. But more than anything we need a Corbyn lead Labour government.

  4. thekeystonegirlblogs

    If the best he can do is a lousy 45 mile rail line that hangs in mid-air, without making the required connections i.e. Liverpool, Sheffield, Hull then he would be wise to reconsider any thoughts about a General election.

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