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UK PM Boris Johnson suffers another Parliament blow over Brexit

UK PM Boris Johnson suffers another Parliament blow over Brexit

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pushing for a new general election after losing a historic vote in Parliament on Tuesday evening to block a no-deal Brexit.

This is ironic because despite him having challenged the government to hold an election almost every day for two years and has recently goaded new Prime Minister Boris Johnson for not having been directly elected by the people himself, now the opportunity is being put in front of him the opposition leader is running from it.

The lawmakers hope to pass the bill into law - a process that can take months - by the end of the week, because Johnson plans to suspend Parliament at some point next week until October 14.

The EU plans on using the European Solidarity Fund, which is normally used to help victims of natural disasters, as well as the European Globalization Adjustment Fund to help workers who may be dismissed if the United Kingdom crashes out without a deal, according to documents seen by Reuters news agency.

Johnson cast the rebellion as an attempt to surrender to the European Union, vowed never to delay Brexit beyond October 31 and said the country needed an early election on October 15.

On Wednesday Johnson said the opposition's "surrender bill" would "wreck any chance" of Britain concluding successful negotiations with the EU. To say you want a deal is quite different from saying you want a deal that isn't achievable.

"He added: "[Mr Johnson] must accept the will of this House, accept the bill that Parliament has passed, accept your duty as prime minister and go to the European Council on 17 October and negotiate the extension you have been instructed to deliver".

It dropped further after No 10's decision to remove the party whip from the 21 Tory MPs who voted in favour of taking over Parliament.

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Even former Labour leader Tony Blair - who is absolutely no friend to the hard-left Jeremy Corbyn - has urged him to resist the general election he's longed for, expressing concern an election now would deliver a "comfortable Tory majority".

Johnson responded with swift vengeance, expelling the rebels from the Conservatives in Parliament, leaving them as independent lawmakers. It's unclear if the measure will pass, as it requires a two-thirds majority in Parliament.

By bringing the general election forward to probably Oct 15, while some expect Oct 14 - approximately three years earlier than required by law - Mr Johnson dispenses with the annoyance of having to face the rebels every day.

A court in Edinburgh is also due to issue its ruling on Wednesday in a legal challenge against Johnson's bid to suspend Parliament.

Johnson's opponents have said they fear he would agree to an October election date, then delay it until after Britain "crashes out" of the European Union without a deal.

"I don't want an election but if MPs vote tomorrow to stop negotiations and compel another pointless delay to Brexit - potentially for years - then that would be the only way to resolve this". Soames called his expulsion "the fortunes of war". "I knew what I was doing, but I just believe that they are not playing straight with us".

Perhaps the greatest impediment to a fresh election now is Labour's Jeremy Corbyn.

A dramatic highlight of Tuesday's Parliamentary session came as Johnson was addressing the body and Conservative lawmaker Phillip Lee dramatically crossed the chamber to defect to the Liberal Democrats.