Boris Johnson Loses Second Bid For Snap Election

The Washington Post reports:

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s dreams of an election that would clear his path to Brexit by the end of October were decisively dashed after midnight Tuesday morning, leaving him with no obvious means of making good on his vow of a “do or die” exit from the European Union.

The latest obstacle to Johnson’s plans came in the form of yet another defeat in the House of Commons, where the once-swaggering prime minister has lost every key vote of his young premiership. Tuesday was the second time in as many weeks that Johnson has asked for Parliament to allow a fresh election, only to be rebuffed by a unified opposition.

“Why are they conniving to delay Brexit?” Johnson taunted as debate kicked off Monday night, with his fellow Tories cheering him on. “The only possible explanation is they fear we will win.”