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Boris Johnson: Metaphorically, it seems his thumb is still stuck well and truly up his rear end.

The story so far (as This Writer understands it):

Boris Johnson has failed in his bid to get the UK to leave the European Union on October 31; the EU has agreed an extension up to January 31, 2020.

Other Conservatives have said that a failure like this would make the Conservatives unelectable and finish them as a political force. His motto, much-quoted, has been “do or die”.

But he wants an election on December 12.

That’s a bit of a contradiction, isn’t it?

Labour – the UK’s principle Opposition party – has said it would welcome a general election, but not until the possibility of a “no deal” Brexit is categorically removed, as that could turn the UK into a tax haven off the coast of mainland Europe and axe citizens’ rights as human beings and workers, along with environmental safeguards. The Tories have denied planning to axe workers’ rights.

But the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party have indicated that they would support an election – on December 9.

A motion to hold an election would be put forward under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, which means two-thirds of MPs would have to support it. This may be impossible to achieve without support from the Labour Party.

Labour had previously planned to have a vote of “no confidence” in the Conservative government, which would require only a majority of one vote.

It seems the vote is likely to happen at 5.30pm today (October 28). Labour is expected to abstain.

It seems that, if Mr Johnson really wants to break the deadlock, he’ll have to concede a lot more.  But we have to ask ourselves: what is stopping him?

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