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.”
Boris Johnson defeated again
His attempt to have us crash out of the EU during an early General Election has been voted down
Now we face the outrage of prorogation – a power grab from an Executive lurching out of control
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) September 9, 2019
I don’t think Boris Johnson has a serious bone in his body. He sits and smirks and pays not the tiniest bit of respect to MPs in this important debate. Who the hell does he think he is?
— Heidi Allen MP (@heidiallen75) September 9, 2019
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s second attempt to trigger an early general election has failed after his motion did not secure the required support of two-thirds of MPs with the Commons voting 293-46
— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) September 9, 2019
— Boris Johnson loses his sixth Commons vote in a row
— No election before November
— PM faces prospect of being held in contempt of Parliament after No10 rejects vote to release private Brexit WhatsAppshttps://t.co/bHkgDqRzjS
— Alex Wickham (@alexwickham) September 9, 2019
'I have accepted the reality that an election is the only way to break the deadlock in the house.'
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he doesn't want a snap election but that it would serve the national interest pic.twitter.com/nejrTgfjwA
— ITV News (@itvnews) September 9, 2019