PM Johnson goads opponents to call an election as tempers flare over Brexit
UK Prime Minister taunted his rivals on his return to parliament on Wednesday, goading them to either bring down the government or get out of the way to allow him to deliver Brexit.
Britain faces an Oct. 31 deadline to leave the EU, but after three years of political crisis, with parliament unable to agree on a strategy, it remains unclear when, if or on what terms the country will leave the bloc.
"This Parliament must either stand aside and let this government get Brexit done or bring a vote of confidence and finally face the day of reckoning with the voters," Boris Johnson said, adding he would not "betray the people" over Brexit. Johnson also told he would not request an extension even if the conditions of the law were met, but also he would deliver Brexit by Oct. 31. Earlier Corbyn and opposition parties have already forced through a new law requiring the government to ask for a delay to Brexit if it fails to secure a deal by Oct. 19.
A Labour source said the party would not take up the prime minister's offer of a no confidence vote on Thursday. Parliament remains in deadlock, with Johnson intent on leading Britain out of the EU with or without an exit agreement while most lawmakers are determined to block a no-deal scenario, fearing it will cause huge economic disruption. His demands for an election have already been rejected twice.
Johnson's spokesman said the opposition's refusal to trigger an election would be taken by the government as a green light to carry on with its Brexit strategy, to leave by Oct. 31.