The UK Parliament has just once again rejected a General Election for the second time in a week on a vote of 293 to 46.
Just five days ago, Boris Johnson tabled a motion for a General Election which was defeated by 298 votes to 56, with a majority of the Labour Party, led by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn abstaining after the whips took control.
Parliament will now be suspended for five weeks following Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeking a prorogation (suspending) of Parliament from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last week.
With the UK due to leave the European Union by 31 October, this will leave little time for debate when they return on October 14 .
Boris Johnson was in Ireland earlier today, speaking with his counterpart, the Irish Taoiseach (or Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar.
Amongst the ‘hot topics’ discussed, was the contentious matter of the EU-enforced Irish ‘backstop’, effectively imposing a hard border on Northern & Southern Ireland should the UK leave the EU without a negotiated Brexit deal, as Ireland will still be a part of the EU.
Mr. Johnson said later in a media conference that he wanted a deal with the EU and added that with regard to the UK leaving the EU without a deal, “Be in no doubt, that would be a failure of statecraft for which we would all be responsible”.
Earlier this week, the former Home Secretary Amber Rudd resigned from the government and the Conservative Party, citing her thoughts that Johnson’s Cabinet was planning only for a ‘no deal’.
A Bill aimed at preventing a no-deal Brexit which was proposed and passed last week in Parliament by the opposition and government rebels, was today given Royal Assent by Her Majesty, effectively bringing it into law.
Downing Street has promised to scrutinize the Bill to examine its’ legality and rumours are that there will be a legal challenge to it in the near future.
Boris Johnson has vowed repeatedly that the UK will leave the EU on the 31 October ‘Do or die’ and when asked last week whether he would consider asking the EU for an extension of the deadline to leave said “I’d rather be dead in a ditch’.