Brexit chaos continues as parliament shuts down after Johnson fails to push through snap election

Brexit chaos continues as parliament shuts down after Johnson fails to push through snap election


Over in the UK. The odds are not in the favour of the British
Prime Minister,… in his push to fulfil Brexit by October 31st with or without a deal. On Monday,… Boris Johnson shut down parliament
after facing another significant setback. Oh Soo-young has the latest. For the second time, British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson failed to gather support from MPs to call for an early general election,…
before he shut down parliament on Monday night. “Why are they conniving to delay Brexit in
defiance of the referendum. The only possible explanation is that they
fear that we will win it Mr Speaker. That I would win it and secure a renewed mandate
to take this country out the EU.” Lawmakers once again voted down a snap election,…
as they see it as an attempt to circumvent a new legislation designed to prevent a no-deal
Brexit. It requires the UK to delay the departure
date to January 31st next year,… unless MPs agree on an exit plan with or without
a deal by October 19th. Johnson,… however,… has refused to delay
the departure date any further. He said the government will use the five-week
suspension of parliament to work on negotiations with Brussels while “preparing to leave without
one.” The move triggered harsh criticism from Labour
Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who called it an attempt to silence the opposition. “Government ministers have offered no explanation
of the deal they are seeking, even if there is such a deal they’re seeking, let alone
any work out proposals presented to parliament for scrutiny. No wonder they’re so keen to prorogue so early
to avoid any scrutiny of what they’re doing.” To scale up pressure on Downing Street,…
MPs also voted, on Monday, to force the government to publish private messages and detailed plans
on a no-deal scenario, and its move to suspend Parliament. House of Commons speaker John Bercow also
announced his resignation, showing anger over the prorogation. After ten years in service,… Bercow said
he’ll stand down as speaker and MP at the next election or on 31 October, if there is
no early election. This means his successor would be selected
by the current parliament which does not have a majority to back Johnson’s Brexit plans. Parliamentary sessions will resume on October
14th. Oh Soo-young, Arirang News.

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