Legislation planned to reduce required Commons majority to one
Boris Johnson, fearful that he may be unable to obtain the two-thirds majority to call an early general election under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act (FTPA), is planning to bypass the FTPA by calling one via new legislation. A new Act will require a parliamentary majority of only one, according to parliamentary sources.
Johnson is looking desperately for ways to make his botched threat of an election feasible if MPs vote in favour this week of taking control of the parliamentary agenda to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
The FTPA was introduced by the Tories to prevent them being ousted early amid their vicious attack on public services and social security – and now a different Tory PM is looking to bypass it in order to mask his weakness as he tries to push the UK over the no-deal cliff.
MPs who want to avoid a no-deal Brexit must work hard to pass an amendment fixing a pre-Brexit date in Johnson’s ‘GE Bill’, so that he cannot get a majority to call a pre-Brexit election and then change the date afterward to a post-Brexit poll.
Labour is ready for a general election and welcomes it, but not as a Johnson ruse to paralyse the country until it falls off the cliff.
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