UK PM Boris Johnson dares opposition to vote no-confidence

The prime minister challenged the opposition to vote no-confidence in the government. Members of parliament were meeting for the first time in two weeks following an “unlawful” suspension of parliament ruling.

“Come on” challenged UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as he called on opposition parties on Wednesday to vote no-confidence in the Conservative-led government, a move which could trigger a general election.

The heated exchanges took place in the UK parliament as it held its first session following a suspension that the Supreme Court ruled illegal a day earlier.

Referring to the Supreme Court ruling in his address, Johnson said proroguing parliament was a political matter and not the place for the court to rule on stating “the court was wrong.”

He was interrupted loudly by calls of “you’re a liar” as he continued to reiterate his demand that the UK will leave the EU on the 31 October and his determination to uphold the leave result of the first referendum.

The Supreme Court president, Lady Brenda HaleThe Supreme Court president, Lady Brenda Hale, announced Johnson’s suspension of parliament as unlawful

Throughout his appearance at the House of Commons the PM referred to a law passed by the MPs to secure an extension on Brexit in the event of no deal being agreed with the EU by October 31 as both a “surrender,” and a “capitulation” act and this act “enfeebles the government’s ability to negotiate.”

Calls for Johnson to resign

In response Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition, called on the the UK’s PM to resign. He stated he would only hold a general election if the PM was able to get an extension on the Brexit-leave date.

Other opposition MPs joined the Labour leader condemning the PM for suspending parliament. The Scottish National Party’s Ian Blackford said Boris Johnson “cannot pick and choose when it comes to the law, he must obey the law.”

Is British Parliament dead?

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox points during a parliament session (picture-alliance/AP Photo/House of Commons/J. Taylor)Attorney General Geoffrey Cox points during a parliament session

The mammoth debate in the UK House of Commons on Wednesday lasted for over eight hours. It centered on Brexit and Operation Yellow Hammer with Michael Gove, the cabinet minister in charge of preparations for a “no-deal” Brexit, fielding the majority of the questions and answers in lieu of the PM.

Geoffrey Cox, the PM’s attorney general, and first Conservative party MP to speak following the resumption of parliament, argued that the British Parliament was “dead.” This was in response to the Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday that overturned the suspension of Parliament and called it “unlawful.”

Death threats and populist language

Caroline Lucas
@CarolineLucas

The tone of PM’s speech was truly shocking – whipping up hatred, treating parliament with contempt & dividing the country still further.

This populist rhetoric isn’t only unfitting for the office of PM, but it’s also genuinely, seriously dangerous.

Words have consequences

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Tensions ran high during the debate with several MPs questioning the type of language used by the PM in the increasingly divisive Brexit debate.

Caroline Lucas, former leader of the Green Party accused the PM of “whipping up populist language,” and Bercow reminded the parliament to be aware of their language due to MPs on both sides of the Brexit debate receiving death threats.

Lawmakers also asked the PM to moderate his language while making reference toJo Cox, the Labour MP who was murdered by a right-wingextremist days before the Brexit referendum in 2016.

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