He proposed to hold legislative elections on December 12, but needs the support of Labor, who are divided and await the verdict of the Europeans on a postponement.
Brexitland is transferring to Absurdland … Thursday, October 24, in a new movement as tactical as improbable, Boris Johnson officially renounced his Brexit for Halloween – October 31 – but proposed to the deputies elections at Christmas. He hopes to break the stalemate in which he finds himself again, resistance to his agreement won last week in Brussels gradually organizing Westminster.
With an offer in the form of blackmail to MPs, Mr. Johnson said well want to " be reasonable " and give them more time to examine his "Excellent" with Brussels, provided that they support his request for a general election on 12 December: "It is really time that the opposition confronts the judgment of our bosses, the British citizens. " Elected officials must vote on this election Monday, October 28.
Will they agree to take up the glove? Because since the "Fixed-term Parliaments Act" of 2011, it is not enough for the British Prime Minister to order a general election to take place. This law, which was intended at the time to consolidate the Liberal-Democrat-Conservative coalition government, imposes a two-thirds majority vote in the House of Commons to call an early legislative election. Mr. Johnson must have 434 votes. In this context, the votes of Labor, the second largest political force in Westminster, are indispensable.
Or Jeremy Corbyn refused to answer in the affirmative, Thursday night. He will support new elections only if the risk of "no deal" is completely evacuated, he said. "Let's wait for the decision of the Europeans tomorrow," said in substance the Labor leader at the microphone of the BBC. The latter must decide in the coming days to postpone Brexit. The British Prime Minister asked them last weekend a discrepancy to January 31, 2020, forced by the law Benn, anti-"no deal".
France insisted until now on a shorter delay. What will be his position, after the announcement of Mr. Johnson, but the rebuff of his opponent? The decision on a postponement is taken unanimously by the Twenty-Seven. "We will be able to make decisions, if elections are not just desired but announced, organized", said Amelie de Montchalin, Secretary of State for European Affairs Thursday evening. Paris would prefer to wait for Monday's vote on the general election to decide.