Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

General election threat sees 100,000 register to vote – but could see trouble for Boris | UK | News


Mr Johnson’s crushing defeat in the House of Commons yesterday, which saw Remainers win a vote to take control of Parliament to block no deal Brexit, saw him announce plans for a snap election. He had threatened an election on Monday in a bid to persuade Remainer Tories to side with the Government in the vote last night.

But after losing 328 votes to 301, which could force Mr Johnson into a new Brexit delay until the end of January 2020, Mr Johnson told the House of Commons last night: “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 then that will be the only way to resolve this.”

A total of 52,408 people applied to vote on Monday, followed by 64,485 on Tuesday.

In both cases this is well above the typical number for weekday applications, which has been averaging around 27,000 for the past month.

But the number of young voters registering to vote could signal a hole in his plan to save Brexit.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told opposition parties Labour would not fall for “Boris Johnson’s tricks” and would not support a new election until he is confident that the threat of a no deal Brexit has been removed.

Mr Corbyn, who says he wants a new election, hosted opposition parties as part of a series of meetings to try to thwart what many of them see as Prime Minister Johnson’s bid to lead Britain out of the European Union without a deal on October 31.

He said in a statement: “Jeremy made clear that Labour wants a general election, and soon, but that we will not fall for Boris Johnson’s tricks.

“He said Labour will not support a general election until we are confident that the threat of no deal has been removed.”

Mr Johnson said last night: “Let there be no doubt about the consequences of this vote tonight. It means that parliament is on the brink of wrecking any deal we might be able to strike in Brussels. Because tomorrow’s bill would hand control of the negotiations to the EU.

“And that would mean more dither, more delay, more confusion. And it would mean that the EU themselves would be able decide how long to keep this country in the EU.

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

“Mr Speaker, I don’t want an election. The public don’t want an election. But if the House votes for this Bill tomorrow the public will have to choose who goes to Brussels on October 17 to sort this out and take this country forward.

“Everyone will know if the Rt Jon Gentleman is the prime minister, he will go to Brussels, he will beg for an extension, you will accept whatever Brussels demands and we’ll have years more arguments over Brexit.

“And by contrast, everyone will know that if I am Prime Minister, I will go to Brussels, I will go for a deal and get a deal but if they won’t do a deal we will leave anyway on 31 October.

“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 the negotiations and to compel another pointless delay of Brexit, potentially for years, then that will be the only way to resolve this.

“I can confirm that tonight we will are tabling a motion under the Fixed Term Parliament Act.”

For more information visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote



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