BORIS Johnson has FINALLY won backing in the Commons for a Christmas election tonight as MPs voted for his plan to go to the polls on December 12. Brits will be given the chance to give the PM a majority to push through his Brexit Bill by the New Year as they prepare to vote in a fresh Parliament in just six weeks’ time. After Jeremy Corbyn’s MPs blocked a vote three times, they finally came out to back his plan tonight by 438 votes to 20. Britain will now have a December election for the first time in nearly a century – after the Bill is rubber stamped in the House of Lords in the coming days.
Britain will go to the polls on Thursday, Dec 12 after MPs finally answered Boris Johnson’s call to end Parliament’s “stasis” at the fourth time of asking. Jeremy Corbyn caved in to pressure to accept an early election after Tory MPs said he had “run out of excuses” for opposing one. Just 24 hours after the Commons rejected an early election, MPs voted by 438 to 20 in favour of the first December election since 1923. The 25-day election campaign will officially begin next week after Parliament is dissolved.
BORIS JOHNSON has finally been granted his wish by parliament for a winter general election to break the political deadlock and now a politics professor has revealed how the Prime Minister can win a majority in the House of Commons. In a dramatic night in Westminster, MPs voted by 438 to 20 at the third reading to approve the one-page Bill enabling a general election to be held on December 12. Unless the House of Lords reject the bill, parliament will be dissolved on November 6 – paving the way for the campaign trail to begin.
Britain will head to the polls for its first December general election in almost a century as Boris Johnson gambles on voters backing him to secure Brexit. The prime minister won Commons support for a snap election on December 12 by an overwhelming 438 votes to 20 after months of Brexit deadlock. The Liberal Democrats and SNP had signalled their support for the early poll before Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, fell into line. He insisted that confirmation of another Brexit extension from the EU meant there was no longer a threat of a no-deal exit.
Britain will go to the polls for the first December election since 1923, after MPs backed a bill calling for an election on December 12. The House of Commons backed the bid for an election after four attempts by Boris Johnson to call his snap poll. MPs backed 438 votes to 20 – after the majority of Labour MPs took up the gauntlet of a contest. The Lib Dems and SNP abstained. The early election Bill will be debated in the Lords tomorrow before it is given Royal Assent Thursday.
For the first time since 1923, the British public will be heading to the polls in a December general election, after MPs backed Boris Johnson’s government last-ditch bid for an early vote. Bypassing the Fixed Term Parliament Act, the Bill outlines that the UK’s next general election will be held on 12 December 2019. Boris Johnson has already made clear that if the election takes place on 12 December, then MPs would have their last day in the Commons on Tuesday 5 November.
Boris Johnson has asked voters to give him a majority so he can take Britain out of the EU at the start of the new year after he finally won his bid for a December 12 election. The Prime Minister pledged that if he wins at the polls he will return immediately to the Commons to get his deal passed and end the ‘dither and delay’. Downing Street said he would get Brexit done in January and devote 2020 to delivering his domestic agenda, including on schools, hospitals and policing. The country is set go to the polls on December 12 after Jeremy Corbyn caved in to huge pressure from the PM, the Lib Dems and SNP.
The last time the British people went to the polls in December was 1923 when the Conservative prime minister Stanley Baldwin sought to strengthen his grip on his party leadership. Ninety-six years later history may be repeating itself but for current Prime Minister Boris Johnson this could prove problematic. Mr Baldwin had taken over at Number 10 in May 1923 after Andrew Bonar Law resigned suffering from throat cancer.
Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal will leave the UK £70 billion worse off a year than if it remained in the EU, a leading economic think tank has warned in a damning report. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said the Prime Minister’s plan would shave nearly 4 per cent off of the economy by the end of the 2020s. That is the equivalent of about £1,100 per person a year. The independent forecaster’s outlook comes in the build up to a snap general election on December 12.
Boris Johnson has re-admitted ten of the 21 MPs he stripped of the Conservative whip in a move designed to limit the damage the rebels could inflict during the election. Mr Johnson re-instated party grandees and popular former ministers standing down at the next election as well as MPs who had sought to prove their loyalty. However, he has left Philip Hammond, the former chancellor; David Gauke, the former justice secretary; and Rory Stewart, the former international development secretary, out in the cold.
Boris Johnson has restored the Conservative whip to 10 of the 21 Tory MPs expelled last month for rebelling to stop a no-deal Brexit, a party spokesman has announced. Among those restored to Tory ranks were Churchill’s grandson Sir Nicholas Soames and former business secretary Greg Clark. But former chancellors Philip Hammond and Kenneth Clarke, ex-cabinet ministers Sir Oliver Letwin and David Gauke and second referendum campaigner Dominic Grieve were not among those allowed back. Also not offered the Tory whip back was former home secretary Amber Rudd, who quit the cabinet and the party in protest at the expulsions
We’re off, and Labour has it all to do. The Conservatives start the campaign with a 10-point poll lead, a margin that translates into an overall majority of about 58 for Boris Johnson, according to estimates produced by Electoral Calculus. If anything, the latest Brexit wrangling has benefited the Conservatives, extending the party’s lead by two points since 1 October, even as it became increasingly clear that Johnson’s “do or die” Halloween deadline would be missed. Certainly, the Conservative strategy for an election campaign looks simple enough – “let’s get Brexit done” – an appeal that plays to the idea that the nation is worn out by Westminster’s endless battles.
Boris Johnson has pleaded with European leaders not to delay Brexit further after he was forced to accept a three-month extension until January 31. In a letter to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, Mr Johnson asked EU leaders to make clear that a delay beyond January 31 was “not possible”. He said it would further “corrode” public trust in British politics and distract from the “good conduct of the business of the EU”.
The latest Brexit delay to 31 January 2020 “may be the last one”, an outgoing EU chief has warned. Donald Tusk, who is stepping down as EU Council president at the end of November, intervened as MPs appear close to agreeing a pre-Christmas election. “Please make the best use of this time,” he tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. “I also want to say goodbye to you as my mission here is coming to an end,” the former Polish prime minister wrote in a message addressed “to my British friends”.
As MPs in Westminster voted for their third general election in four years, the European Union urged Britain “to make the best use” of its three-month Brexit extension. Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk sent a message in a farewell tweet “to my British friends”, as the EU formally confirmed the Brexit extension, warning that, “It may be the last one.” He added, “Please make the best use of this time.” The message echoed Mr Tusk’s advice last April, when the previous Brexit extension was agreed, when he pithily implored, “Please do not waste this time.” Mr Tusk is set to be succeeded on December 1 by former Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, who has – like French President Emmanuel Macron – argued against a long Brexit delay as it risks infecting other EU business.
The latest Brexit delay agreed by EU leaders “may be” the last one, Donald Tusk has said. On Tuesday evening the president of the European Council confirmed that the UK had been formally granted an extension until February 2020, and left the door open to another one. “To my British friends, the EU27 has formally adopted the extension. It may be the last one. Please make the best use of this time,” he said in a statement posted on social media.
DONALD Tusk urged MPs to get Brexit done by January 31, warning them the latest extension “may be the last”. The outgoing Council chief implored Parliament to “please make the best use of this time” in an emotional farewell message to Britain. Announcing that the EU27 has formally signed off on the three-month delay, he told the UK: “I will keep my fingers crossed for you.” Mr Tusk has continued to voice hope that Britain will change its mind and stay in the bloc – long after others like Jean-Claude Juncker gave up.
British companies risk trade barriers to the European Union if a future government seeks to abandon EU standards on workers’ rights and environmental protection, Michel Barnier has signalled. In an interview with the Guardian and seven other European newspapers, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said any British government would face a “proportional” response if it sought to roll back core social, environmental and consumer standards. The EU and UK have agreed to negotiate a free-trade agreement as part of Boris Johnson’s revamped Brexit deal, but Barnier stressed that tariff and quota-free access to the EU were linked to maintaining regulatory standards.
THE European Union was accused of institutional racism for the way it handles rescues in the Mediterranean today after calls about another refugee boat in distress went unanswered. German charity Sea Watch discovered an inflatable boat with 15 people on board adrift in the Mediterranean yesterday from its reconnaissance plane, Moonbird. “Our crew accompanied the boat for hours and tried to inform the merchant ship Vos-Aphrodite, only a few miles away, about the acute sea emergency, and to coordinate a rescue,” Sea Watch tweeted yesterday afternoon. “Several contacts failed and none of the ships in the vicinity attempted to rescue [the people].
The Brexit Party hopes to wipe out Labour’s heartlands in the north east of England and Wales as it prepares to campaign for a ‘clean break Brexit’ – but has left the door open to a pact with the Tories. Senior sources in the Brexit Party said the mood in Labour’s pro-Leave seats was “absolutely febrile” and that they would be ripe for the taking due to Jeremy Corbyn’s vague policy on Europe. “I know for a fact that the Labour establishment in Wales and the north east, especially Durham, are really worried,” said the Brexit Party’s spokesman.
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party should abandon plans to target 600 constituencies at the general election and focus on about 20 mostly pro-Leave Labour seats, according to one of its senior MEPs. John Longworth, who represents Yorkshire and the Humber, said that his party should be “sensible” and focus on securing the result that would best further the cause of Brexit. Getting pro-Leave MPs returned to Westminster was the most important thing, he said.
Nigel Farage has hinted the Brexit Party will not stand candidates in every seat at a snap general election – even if Boris Johnson campaigns on a pledge to deliver his divorce deal. Mr Farage is ardently opposed to the Prime Minister’s agreement with the EU because he believes it would leave the UK too closely linked to the bloc. The Brexit Party leader has repeatedly offered Mr Johnson an electoral pact if the PM changed tack and backed a No Deal ‘clean break’ departure. But with Mr Johnson seemingly set on fighting a pre-Christmas election on a vow to implement the deal he has struck with Brussels the stage is set for a showdown at the ballot box between the Tories and the Brexit Party.
A top Brexit Party official has begged Brit Prime Minister Boris Johnson to seal an electoral pact in a bid to secure a huge majority in Parliament. Richard Tice, Brexit Party chairman, said BoJo would be able to win a “thumping majority” if they secured the pact. He told the BBC that its candidates would be told to step aside in Conservative seats if Mr Johnson vowed to secure a “clean” No Deal Brexit.
NIGEL FARAGE has hinted he might hand Boris Johnson a lifeline by not standing Brexit Party candidates in every seat in a snap general election. The Prime Minister won a vote in the House of Commons tonight to go to the country on December 12 to break the Brexit deadlock. Mr Johnson will campaign in the general election to get his deal, which he finalised with the EU earlier this month, over the line. Despite branding the Prime Minister’s agreement “not Brexit” and calling for a clean break from the EU, Mr Farage has suggested his party, which poses a major threat to the Tories, will not stand candidates in every seat.
Tory MPs are asking the Brexit party not to run candidates in their seats at an early general election, according to the party’s chair, Richard Tice, as speculation mounts over the anti-EU party’s potential pacts in leave areas. Tice said he received a frantic message from one Tory urging him not to stand a candidate in their constituency because they were facing a challenge from the Liberal Democrats. “It wasn’t the first; it won’t be the last,” he said.
Nicola Sturgeon will put the SNP’s push for a second independence referendum at the heart of her election campaign. The first minister of Scotland said that her party’s message would be ‘clear, simple and unambiguous – vote SNP to demand independence and secure Scotland’s right to choose’. The Scottish nationalists are confident of picking up a string of seats from both Labour and the Conservatives.
The first task for the UK’s next set of MPs could be to choose John Bercow’s successor after the early election forced the Commons to consider suspending Monday’s contest to select the next Speaker. Mr Bercow, who has held the post since 2009, is due to retire tomorrow, with Monday’s Commons business given over to choosing his replacement. Nine candidates have declared their intention to succeed Mr Bercow since he announced his retirement plans last month, and public hustings and intense private jockeying followed.
THE DOWNFALL of House of Commons Speaker John Bercow has been predicted by William Hague who believes there will be an introduction of new legislation to “constrain” his powers and stop him meddling in Brexit – should he stay on in his role past October 31. Tory Mr Hague, who was the leader of the opposition when Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair ran the nation, said he expects the current behaviour of Mr Bercow is the beginning of the end for him and whoever gets his position after – or if – he stands down. Mr Hague told the Daily Telegraph: “No one can pretend that the British political system has functioned well as it has struggled with Brexit: the country and the world have looked on with growing despair as a much respected democracy has failed to agree, even on its own rules.
Two former officials have described Parliament’s handling of accusations of bullying by John Bercow as an “establishment stitch-up” to protect the outgoing Commons speaker. Mr Bercow’s former private secretary, Angus Sinclair, and the former Black Rod, David Leakey, have said that the Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme has come “too late” as the speaker is set to leave office later this week. Speaking with the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Sinclair said: “I think we’ve lost the moment. The horse has long bolted.”
The public inquiry’s first report into the Grenfell Tower fire will be officially published on Wednesday, two days after those directly affected were given a first look. Survivors of the fire and bereaved family members will be able to publicly respond for the first time after the 900+ page document was leaked online. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hoped the report would bring “some measure of comfort” to those directly affected by the fire. He said: “They asked for the truth. We promised them the truth. We owe them the truth.
The pre-flight scrum while boarding an aircraft is never the most relaxing way to start a holiday. Now there are moves to end the free-for-all at the boarding gate and the battle for luggage space by ranking all passengers according to their position on the aircraft. Gatwick is testing a system in which passengers with window seats board first, followed by those in the middle and aisle, to make the process more civilised. Britain’s second busiest airport said that the two-month experiment at gate 101 was intended to prevent lengthy queues and allow passengers to remain seated at the boarding gate for longer.
Gatwick airport will trial a new system to eliminate the rush for the boarding gate and the scramble to store luggage by inviting passengers to board according to their position on the plane. The system will see those holding tickets for window seats board the aircraft first, followed by those holding middle and aisle tickets. The trial at gate 101 will go on for two months and is targeted to stop lengthy queues and allow passengers less time standing in queues at the boarding gate.