Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

Brexit news: General election alert – Boris Johnson confirms plan for new vote | UK | News

In a painful defeat for the Government on Tuesday evening, MPs voted in favour of a motion tabled by Tory rebel Sir Oliver Letwin aimed at stopping from taking the UK out of the EU without a deal. In a prompt response to his defeat, the Prime Minister confirmed he will table a motion for a snap general election to be voted on Wednesday if MPs vote in favour of passing the Remainer bill. 

The Prime Minister said: “The consequences of this vote tonight is that Parliament is on the brink of wrecking any deal we might be able to strike with Brussels.

“Tomorrow’s bill will hand control of the negotiations with the EU and that will mean more delay and more confusion.

“And it will mean that the EU themselves will be able to decide how long to keep this country in the EU.

“And since I refused to go along with that plan we are going to have to make a choice.

“I don’t want an election, the public don’t want an election.

“I don’t believe the Rt. Honourable gentleman wants an election but if the Hosue passes this bill tomorrow, the public will have to choose who goes to Brussels on October the 17th to sort this out and take this country forward.

“Everybody knows that if the Right Honourable gentleman is the Prime Minister he will go to Brussels and beg for an extension.

“He will accept, you will accept whatever Brussels demands and we will have years more arguments on Brexit.

“By contrast, if this Government is in charge, I go to Brussels, I will go for a deal and I believe I will get a deal.

“But we will leave anyway, even if we don’t get a deal.

“We will leave anyway on October the 31st.

“The people of this country will have to choose. The leader of the opposition has been begging for an election for two years.

“I don’t want an election but if MPs vote tomorrow to stop negotiations and to compel another pointless delay to Brexit potentially for years I can confirm that we are tonight tabling a motion under the Fixed Term Parliament Act.”

In total 328 MPs voted in favour of Parliament taking control of the order paper from Wednesday against the 301 MPs who voted with the Government.

21 Tory MPs, including a number of former cabinet ministers, voted against the Government on Tuesday night. 

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