Suffering a third defeat in the House of Commons in two consecutive days, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suffered a major parliamentary defeat as his bid to call an election next month was easily dismantled late on Wednesday.
Prime Minister’s Conservative Party failed to win the two-thirds majority which was required to call a snap election, collecting only 298 of the 434 votes required. The subsequent lack of numbers on government’s benches, and given the size of the rebellion which includes people from his own party along with the Opposition Party, most opponents abstained from voting, with just 56 opposition politicians actively opposing his bid to head to the polls in the coming week. Boris chided opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in front of the MPs after the vote went badly against him.”I think [Corbyn] has become the first opposition leader in the history of our country to refuse the invitation to head to a general election,” said Johnson. “I can only speculate as to the reasons behind his hesitation, the obvious conclusion is I’m afraid that he does not think he will win.”
According to Downing Street, Johnson won’t resign to force a general election after losing control of the House of Commons a day earlier, resulting in a humiliating defeat that gave way for the opposition, led by Corbyn’s Labour Party, to attempt to block a “no-deal” Brexit from the European Union.