Brexit: UK rejects early election, suspends Parliament

UK lawmakers have again rejected a call from PM Johnson for an early election. The UK government suspended Parliament until mid-October, nearly two weeks before an October 31 Brexit deadline.

British lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for a snap election early Tuesday morning following a chaotic day in Parliament. 

A total of 293 of the 650 House of Commons members backed holding an early election, well short of the required two-thirds majority.

Follow Monday’s events: Brexit: Crucial day for Boris Johnson and no-deal date — as it happened

Johnson sought a snap election on October 15, two weeks before the scheduled October 31 Brexit date. During parliamentary debate, Johnson said an early election would be the only way to “break political deadlock.” 

But opposition parties said they wouldn’t support an election until Britain secured a Brexit delay to avoid a no-deal divorce from the EU.

Johnson’s team is apparently still optimistic of delivering Brexit on time. Dominic Cummings, senior political advisor to the prime minister and director of the campaign which advocated to leave the EU, said Tuesday morning that the UK will definitely leave the EU on time. “You guy should get outside London and go talk to people who are not rich remainers,” he told reporters.

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