Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2019

Boris Johnson latest: PM savaged during Leeds visit in bitter Brexit attack | Politics | News

Mr Johnson was in Leeds for a speech when the reprimanding occurred. The Prime Minister has had a difficult few days, losing his majority in the Commons following Philip Lee’s defection, seeing opposition MPs take control of business and having a bid for a snap election blocked before brother Jo Johnson resigned as Universities Minister. The man yelled at the former London Mayor: “You should be in Brussels negotiating. You are not. You are in Morley in Leeds.”

Mr Johnson attempted to explain he had been negotiating.

According to the Mail Online, the man responded: “You’re playing games.”

Mr Johnson insisted: “What I think people want us to do, is to leave the European Union on October 31.”

The PM was giving a speech at a police training centre.

He said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than go to Brussels and request yet another delay to Brexit after MPs passed a bill preventing a no deal departure and demanding he request a delay until 2020.

The Government is expected to call for a snap election again on Monday.

Under the terms of the Fixed Terms Parliament Act, a supermajority of two-thirds, 434 votes is required for a snap election to take place.

In the last vote, only 354 MPs actually voted.

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If the Government is defeated in this vote, then there is a 14-day window in which the same or an alternative government can attempt to win an explicit vote of confidence to take power.

Should neither the Prime Minister or any other MP be able to form a Government that can command a majority, this will trigger a general election.

The election must take place at least seven weeks after the vote of no confidence passes.

Mr Johnson has been Prime Minister for 45 days, the shortest term of office of a PM is 119 days by George Canning who died in office.

Jo Johnson’s resignation comes shortly after 21 Tory MPs lost the whip following their decisions to vote against the Government.

This includes two former Chancellors – Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke, as well as former International Development Secretary Rory Stewart, former education secretary Justine Greening, former attorney general Dominic Grieve, Sir Winston Churchill’s grandson Nicholas Soames, former Immigration Minister Caroline Noakes, former Justice Secretary David Guake, former Business Secretary Greg Clark and former Digital and Creative Industries Minister Margot James.

The Tories thus have just 288 MPs in the Commons, as well as the support of 10 DUP MPs in a confidence and supply deal.

The last time the party dropped below 300 MPs was before the 2010 general election.

1906 saw the worst Tory election performance in terms of seat with just 131 under Arthur Balfour but the did generate a 43.4 percent voter share.

The worst performance in this regard is 30.7 percent from John Major in 1997.

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