Prime Minister Boris Johnson taunted his rivals on his return to parliament on Wednesday. Goading them to either bring down the government or get out of the way to allow him to deliver Brexit.
Waving his arms and yelling “come on, come on”, Johnson implored his opponents in a raucous House of Commons session. Goading Labour to bring a vote of no-confidence in the government and trigger an election to finally break the Brexit impasse.
But once again the leaders of the opposition parties, including Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, refused to engage. Saying they would only agree to an election once Johnson had ruled out leaving the European Union without a deal.
Britain faces an Oct. 31 deadline to leave the EU, but after three years of political crisis, with parliament unable to agree on a strategy, it remains unclear when, if or on what terms the country will leave the bloc it joined in 1973.
“This Parliament must either stand aside and let this government get Brexit done; or bring a vote of confidence and finally face the day of reckoning with the voters,” Johnson said. The pro-Brexit PM vowed he would not “betray the people” over Brexit.
Corbyn and Opposition Parties Fear an Election
Corbyn and opposition parties have already forced through a new law requiring the government to ask for a delay to Brexit. However it remains unclear whether the prime minister Johnson will abide by it.
Johnson, often compared to U.S. President Donald Trump in his approach to governing. Saying he would not request an extension even if the conditions of the law were met. But he also said his government would obey the rules and deliver Brexit by Oct. 31.
Corbyn said no one could trust the prime minister, telling him: “If you want an election, get an extension.”
A Labour source said the party would not take up the prime minister’s offer of a no confidence vote on Thursday. “While there’s the threat of Johnson using it to ram through a no deal before polling day”.
Having lost his majority and a series of parliamentary votes on Brexit, Johnson had suspended the House of Commons for five weeks. But the country’s top court ruled the closure was void in one of the most humiliating legal defeats for a prime minister.
Parliament remains in deadlock, with Johnson intent on leading Britain out of the EU with or without an exit agreement. Liberal lawmakers are determined to block a no-deal scenario, fearing it will cause huge economic disruption.
The opposition’s refusal to trigger an election would be as a green light to carry on with its Brexit strategy. Tto leave The EU by Oct. 31. “It’s time to put up or shut up,” Johnson Said.
As lawmakers around the House shouted “resign, resign”. Johnson said his opponents were refusing to agree to an election for fear that they would not win power.