UK Prime Minister in new battle after Commons Brexit vote defeat
Written by Taiwo Adediran on September 4, 2019
UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson will seek a general election later if Labour and rebel Tories
succeed in seeking to block a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.
The PM has said he will not accept another Brexit delay but a bill forcing him to seek an
extension if there is no deal is set to be approved by MPs.
He needs two-thirds of MPs to trigger an election, but Labour and other parties won't back it
at this stage.
The decision to expel 21 Tory rebels has caused recriminations in the party.
The group of senior former ministers, including ex-chancellors Philip Hammond and Ken
Clarke, have insisted they put the national interest ahead of their own.
But minister Kwasi Kwarteng said it was right the MPs had had the whip withdrawn, as they
could not oppose the government on "the key policy issue of the day".
On another day of high drama in Westminster, Boris Johnson will face his first session of Prime
Minister's Questions after losing his Commons majority on Tuesday.