Update 4: 2 3rds of MPs reject snap election bid

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the Fusion Energy Research Centre at the Fulham Science Centre in Oxfordshire, Britain August 8, 2019. Julian Simmonds

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Prime Minister’s attempt at pushing for a snap general election has been dropped after over two-thirds of the parliament rejected the idea.

The vote was lost 298 votes in favour to 56 against.

Should the bill to block a No-Deal Brexit become law, Mr Johnson may still have the opportunity to have the election on October 15th. The Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing pressure to continue to delay further.

PM calls for election on 15th October

The Bill aimed at stopping a No-Deal Brexit on the 31st October has passed on its third reading in the Parliament.

The bill passed by 327 votes in favour to 299 against.

The bill now passes to the House of Lords for the next level of scrutiny.

The Prime Minister has responded to the bill saying it ‘effectively ends negotiations, and hand control over to the EU.

He says the bill is, ‘designed to overturn the biggest democratic vote in our history’

Johnson announces a snap election on the 15th October.

He blames the house for leaving, having to call an early Parliamentary election.

The Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that he would be in favour of the election.

 UK MPs reject amendment requiring debate on existing or new deal with EU

MPs have overwhelmingly voted against an amendment which would require them to have a debate on the 21st October on the former Prime Minister’s deal or a new one agreed with the EU.

The amendment lost by 495 votes to 65.

UK MPs support Bill on 2nd reading

MPs have voted in favour of the No-Deal Bill on its second reading.

The legislation has passed 329 votes to 300 against. This means the bill gets past its first hurdle.

This means the MPs will be able to put forward their suggested changes to the legislation and then look for support from fellow MPs for their amended change.

This vote follows a debate in the Parliament on a bill intended to see a further delay to the country’s withdrawal from the European Union.

The debate on the bill, which is being held between the Opposition parties, calls for a further delay should there be no deal by the 19th October.

Today’s debate comes thanks to the support of 21 Conservative Party MPs who went against the wishes of the government yesterday, enabling the opposition to debate the bill.

The Prime Minister lost this vote 328 votes in favour to 301 against.

Should the bill pass a vote in the Commons, it will pass to the House of Lords. It is anticipated that the Prime Minister will trigger an immediate vote for a snap General Election if it goes through.

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What the bill says

The bill says that if the Prime Minister cannot or does not pass a deal within the UK Parliament or to get MPs to support his No-Deal Brexit by the 19th October, he will be compelled by the new law to request a further extension from the President of the European Council. This could mean the UK’s departure being delayed up until the 31st January instead.

Should the EU issue a different date for departure, Mr Johnson will have two days to approve this but it will be MPs and not the Government which will have the right to reject it.

The bill also stipulates that MPs should be available to appear at Parliament regularly and offer them the chance to take control of the timeline of events.

Talking down the time

While the bill could go to the House of Lords for the next stage of approval, this is not entirely full-proof. There is the possibility that the bill is merely dragged out with no resolution. The legislation could then be talked out until the deadline elapses.

Absolutely clear

During today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, the Prime Minister assured the house that they would be getting a new deal from the EU which did not include the Irish Backstop agreement.

The Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn explained that he believed from the current circumstances, the Prime Minister was only waiting for the deadline to elapse and that no negotiations which the PM had promised, had actually been happening.

‘I don’t see how I can be accused of undermining the negotiations because there are no negotiations taking place,’ Mr Corbyn told the House.

Election looming

On the BBC’s Today Programme, the Shadow Brexit Secretary Kier Starmer explained that his party was looking for a general election but did not want one that was dictated on, ‘Boris Johnson’s terms.’  

Starmer explained that he did not believe the PM would go through with holding the election before the Brexit deadline.

‘We are not shy of a general election but we are not going to be trapped into abandoning control of Parliament or be taken in what Boris Johnson says because we don’t trust him.’

The Liberal Democrats have said that they will not be supporting a snap election at this time.