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UK: Johnson and Corbyn clash after Commons reject early election

United Kingdom, London
September 10, 2019 at 00:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn clashed after MPs voted to reject an early election for the second time in the House of Commons on Monday.

"I earlier urged the house to trust the people but once again, the opposition think they know better," said Johnson, after his second attempt failed.

The opposition leader responded by calling the government a "disgrace" and urged the government to reflect on their decision to shut down the Commons.

Shortly afterwards, Parliament was prorogued until October 14.

At present, the UK is set to leave the EU on October 31, regardless of whether a withdrawal deal has been agreed.

But new legislation, which was granted royal assent on Monday, will force the prime minister to seek a delay unless a deal is approved by MPs by October 19.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn clashed after MPs voted to reject an early election for the second time in the House of Commons on Monday.

"I earlier urged the house to trust the people but once again, the opposition think they know better," said Johnson, after his second attempt failed.

The opposition leader responded by calling the government a "disgrace" and urged the government to reflect on their decision to shut down the Commons.

Shortly afterwards, Parliament was prorogued until October 14.

At present, the UK is set to leave the EU on October 31, regardless of whether a withdrawal deal has been agreed.

But new legislation, which was granted royal assent on Monday, will force the prime minister to seek a delay unless a deal is approved by MPs by October 19.

W/S British Prime Minister Boris Johnson rises to speak, London

SOT, Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister: "I earlier urged the house to trust the people but once again, the opposition think they know better. They want the British prime minister to go to a vital negotiation without the power to walk away. They want to delay Brexit yet again, without further reference to those who voted for it, handing over to Brussels an extra £250 million a week for no purpose. Enough to upgrade five hospitals or train 5,000 new nurses and most egregiously of all, not only have they refused to choose the way ahead, they have now twice denied the British people their say in an election. The House cannot choose, it will not let anyone else choose, Mr Speaker. It resolves only to be irresolute, decides only to be undecided, determined to dither adamant for drift and so now the House will move to adjourn and resume the state opening and the Queen's speech on October 14th, and I hope the opposition will use that time to reflect. Meanwhile, this government will press on with negotiating a deal, while preparing to leave without one and I will go to that crucial on Brussels on October 17th and no matter how many devices this Parliament invents to tie my hands, I will strive to get an agreement in the national interest. This government will not delay Brexit any further. We will not allow the emphatic verdict of the referendum to be slowly suffocated by further calculated drift and paralysis and while the opposition run from their to answer to those who put us here, they cannot hide forever. The moment will come. The moment will come when the people will finally get their chance to deliver their verdict, Mr Speaker, on how faithfully this house executed their wishes and I am determined that they will see that it was this government that was on their side."

W/S Johnson takes seat, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn rises to speak, Conservative MPs wave order papers

SOT, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader: "Point of order, Mr Speaker. I think we've had quite enough of the playground politics of the Conservative party this evening. The one thing the prime minister didn't say was that he was going to obey the law of this country. He did not say, he acknowledged or accepted three votes that have taken place in this parliament, and under his request, the House is now due - apparently this evening - to be prorogued for one of the longest prorogations in history, simply in order to avoid any questioning of what he is doing or not doing, simply to avoid discussion about Yellowhammer, particularly to avoid any discussion about the proposals has or hasn't or do or don't exist, that have been put to the European Union. Mr Speaker, this government is a disgrace and the way the prime minister operates is a disgrace."

John Bercow, Speaker of the House: "Order. Be quiet. Jeremy Corbyn."

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader: "Mr Speaker, I hope the prime minister will reflect on the issue of prorogation and shutting down Parliament to avoid a government being held to account, because that is exactly what he has done today and proposes to do to this country."

W/S Corbyn takes seat

W/S House of Commons

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