Boris Johnson suffers defeat in Commons as MPs seek Brexit extension
- 4 months ago
British PM Boris Johnson is heading into harsh territory as he faced his first defeat as Prime Minister by his fellow MPs whom have voted to object a no-deal Brexit, 328 to 301, a much larger margin than expected.
Johnson said he would call for an election if he is made to extend the Brexit date of October 31, something MPs will vote on in order to avoid a no-deal scenario.
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said the bill needed to be passed to take the no-deal option completely "off the table" before his party would support the call for a general election.
Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, a prime minister must have the backing of at least two-thirds of MPs before a general election can be called outside of the fixed five-year terms.
No.10 Downing Street stated that 21 Conservative MPs who rebelled in Tuesday's vote would have the whip removed, effectively expelling them from the parliamentary party and meaning they could not stand as Conservative candidates in the election.
Source: Smart Trend Team