Monday, UK PM Boris Johnson said he will not delay leaving the European Union and made an unveiled threat that an election might be needed to deliver BREXIT.
A senior U official confirmed that PM Johnson is planning to call a general election on 14 October if he loses a Key vote over a no-deal BREXIT in Parliament this week.
The PM said he will not delay leaving the EU in a speech after a short-notice meeting with his Cabinet. Members of Parliament are planning to pass legislation to force the PM to delay BREXIT until 31 January 2020 unless he can get a new agreement with the EU by mid-October.
PM Johnson said the chances of a new BREXIT deal with Brussels by 31 October are increasing as he made a pitch for MPs to support the government against a rebel motion opposing a no-deal BREXIT last Tuesday. If Parliament blocks a no-deal divorce, it will weaken the UK’s negotiating position, he said.
“I want everybody to know there are no circumstances in which I will ask Brussels to delay,” he said. “We’re leaving on 31 October, no ifs or buts. We will not accept any attempt to go back on our promises or to scrub that referendum.”
“Let us let our negotiators get on with their work, without that sword of Damocles over their necks and without an election,” he said. “I do not want an election. You do not want an election,” he added, hinting that 1 might be necessary if Parliament does not get behind his plan.
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