Boris Johnson has been defeated this evening by 328 votes to 301 in the vote to allow MPs to take control of parliamentary business. He immediately responded by saying he will table a vote on a general election – but under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act (FTPA) that requires a two-thirds majority of MPs to support it.
Jeremy Corbyn has raised a point of order saying Labour will support the election motion until the bill preventing a no-deal Brexit has been passed.
Without that bill, Johnson might change the election date after the FTPA vote to push polling back until after the UK has crashed out of the EU – paralysing Parliament until the ‘cliff edge’.
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