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His Brexit plans in crisis, Johnson pushes for new elections
Published in Ahram Online on 05 - 09 - 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson looked for new ways Thursday to bring about a national election, after rebellious British lawmakers rejected his call to trigger a snap poll and moved to block his plan to leave the European Union next month without a divorce deal.
Johnson's office said he will seek the public's support for his bid to hold a general election in coming weeks. Downing Street says Johnson plans to speak directly to the people Thursday, but details of a planned speech or rally were not immediately released.
Johnson's failure on Wednesday to secure a quick ballot was the embattled leader's third Parliamentary defeat in two days. It was also evidence that scarcely six weeks after taking office with a vow to break Britain's Brexit deadlock _ which ensnared and eventually brought down his predecessor, Theresa May _ Johnson's plans to lead the U.K. out of the EU are in crisis.
Events have spiraled out of his control. He leads a government with no majority in Parliament and an election that could change that fact may be beyond his reach.
The latest setback for Johnson came Wednesday evening after he called for a national election on Oct. 15, saying it was the only way out of Britain's Brexit impasse after lawmakers moved to block his plan to leave the European Union next month without a divorce deal.
But Parliament turned down his motion and the prime minister indicated he would try again, saying an election was the only way forward for the country and urging opposition lawmakers to ``reflect overnight and in the course of the next few days.''
Johnson's office reiterated Thursday that the prime minister will not seek another Brexit delay from Brussels that would take the United Kingdom's departure past the current Oct. 31 deadline. He says Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to endorse an election is a ``cowardly insult to democracy.''
Johnson insists Britain must leave the bloc on the scheduled date of Oct. 31, with or without a divorce deal, but many lawmakers _ including several from Johnson's Conservative Party _ are determined to thwart him. Shortly before lawmakers rebuffed the call for a new election, the House of Commons approved an opposition bill designed to halt a no-deal Brexit.
Johnson accused the opposition of trying to ``overturn the biggest democratic vote in our history,'' referring to the outcome of the 2016 referendum to leave the EU.
His solution, a risky one, is an election that could shake up Parliament and produce a less obstructive crop of lawmakers. But opinion polls do not point to a certain majority for Johnson's Conservatives. Opposition parties, deeply mistrustful of the prime minister, refused to back a new election until the anti-no deal bill becomes law.
``Let the bill pass and have Royal Assent and then we can have a general election,'' Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said.
Johnson needed the support of two-thirds of the 650 lawmakers in the House of Commons to trigger an election _ a total of 434 _ but got just 298, with 56 voting no and the rest abstaining.
The maneuvers are part of a head-on showdown between Johnson's Brexit-at-all-costs administration and a Parliament worried about the economic and social damage that could be wrought by a messy divorce.
Opposition lawmakers, supported by rebels in Johnson's Conservative Party, warn that crashing out of the bloc without a divorce agreement would cause irreparable economic harm.
Amid the parliamentary turmoil the upper chamber, the House of Lords, voted early Thursday to push through the no-deal bill so that it can pass into law before Parliament is suspended next week.
The bill's supporters had feared its opponents in the Lords could try to stop it by filibustering. But in a session that lasted until 1.30 a.m. in London, peers agreed to return the bill to the Commons on Monday for any amendments before passing into law.
``There is very little time left,'' said Labour Party lawmaker Hilary Benn as he introduced the opposition bill. ``The purpose of the bill is very simple: to ensure that the United Kingdom does not leave the European Union on the 31st of October without an agreement.''
The bill would require the government to ask the EU to delay Brexit until Jan. 31, 2020, if it can't secure a deal with the bloc by late October.
The lawmakers hope to pass the bill into law _ a process that can take months _ by the end of the week, because Johnson plans to suspend Parliament at some point next week until Oct. 14.
Johnson became prime minister in July by promising to lead Britain out of the EU, breaking the impasse that has paralyzed the country's politics since voters decided in June 2016 to leave the bloc. But he is caught between the EU, which refuses to renegotiate the deal it stuck with May, and a majority of British lawmakers opposed to leaving without an agreement. Most economists say a no-deal Brexit would cause severe economic disruption and plunge the U.K. into recession.
Johnson insisted Wednesday that talks with the EU on a revised deal were ``making substantial progress.''
But the bloc says the U.K. has not submitted any substantial new proposals. European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said ``there is nothing new'' from London.
Johnson, who was a leader of the 2016 campaign to leave the EU, has long said that his enthusiasm and energy for Brexit will allow him to succeed in leaving the EU where May had failed, leading to her resignation.
But he was humiliated Tuesday _ the first day of Parliament's autumn term _ by losing his first Commons vote as prime minister when lawmakers passed a motion 328-301 that enabled their push for a law stopping a no-deal Brexit. His government lost its working majority as one Conservative lawmaker defected to the opposition, and more than 20 Tory legislators sided with the opposition on the vote.
Johnson responded with swift vengeance, expelling the rebels from the Conservatives in Parliament, leaving them as independent lawmakers. Among those bounced out were former International Development Secretary Rory Stewart; Kenneth Clarke, a former treasury chief and the longest-serving member of the House of Commons; and Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Johnson hero Winston Churchill.
But the beleaguered U.K. leader got a boost Wednesday when a Scottish court refused to intervene in his decision to suspend Parliament, ruling it was a matter for lawmakers to decide, not the courts.
The case was only the first of several challenges to Johnson's maneuver, however.
Transparency campaigner Gina Miller, who won a ruling in the Supreme Court in 2017 that stopped the government from triggering the countdown to Brexit without a vote in Parliament, has another legal challenge in the works _ set to be heard Thursday. A human rights campaigner has sued in Northern Ireland, arguing that the historic Good Friday peace accord is in jeopardy because of Johnson's actions.


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