Johnson threatens election if he can’t rush through his Brexit bill. Good luck with that!

Boris Johnson: He’d stick his thumb up if he was on the Titanic and the iceberg had just hit.

Is anybody else starting to think that Boris Johnson really is stupid?

He has threatened to withdraw his Withdrawal Bill, after MPs spoke against his rushed timetable; he wanted Parliament to consider a Bill of more than 100 pages, plus extras, within just three days.

Instead, he said he would force a general election.

But there’s one problem – he would need the consent of Parliament to do this, and Parliament doesn’t want an election quite yet – if it is called before October 31, with no Brexit extension agreed, then the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

That’s what Boris Johnson wants, of course. But Parliament will block it as it is the will of Parliament that the UK will not leave the EU without a deal.

So this is an empty threat intended, it seems, to scare MPs into acting rashly rather than thinking matters through.

We’ll see what happens when the timetable is put to the vote this evening (October 22).

But expect yet another defeat for the prime minister who has never yet won a vote in Parliament.

Boris Johnson has threatened to pull the Brexit legislation and seek an election before Christmas if MPs vote to stop him rushing it through the House of Commons in three days.

Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, the prime minister said a vote against his timetable would delay Brexit for three months if the EU decided to grant the extension.

“I will in no way allow months more of this. If parliament refuses to allow Brexit to happen and instead gets its way and decides to delay everything until January or possibly longer, in no circumstances can the government continue with this. And with great regret, I must say the bill will have to be pulled and we will have to go forward to a general election,” he said.

A No 10 source highlighted the key caveat that the bill would be pulled only if the EU grants a three-month extension – the length of delay requested under the Benn act. It raises the possibility that Johnson could accept a shorter extension if one were to be offered by the EU.

Source: Johnson threatens to scrap Brexit bill and seek election before Christmas | Politics | The Guardian

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3 thoughts on “Johnson threatens election if he can’t rush through his Brexit bill. Good luck with that!

  1. Ray

    Funny it was the torys who wanted fixed term elections,but now crying because they can`t get there own way, Ah shame.

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