PM demands vote

Johnson wants general election on 12 December

Prime Minister is calling for election

UPDATED Fri 25th: Boris Johnson has given up on the 31 October deadline for leaving the EU but is fighting resistance to his demand for a general election on 12 December.

After the Queen’s Speech was approved by 310 votes to 294, the government moved for a motion on Monday to call an election.

An election on the proposed date will mean the Scottish Budget, also fixed for that date, would almost certainly be delayed. The Treasury has also confirmed that Sajid Javid’s first budget as Chancellor, planned for 6 November, has also been delayed.

The Treasury said: “Parliament has voted for a Brexit delay. We’re calling for an election so we won’t be delivering the Budget on 6 November.”

However, as a decision on a Brexit deadline delay is awaited from the EU, both the Conservative and Labour governments are divided on the way forward.

In an interview today following a Cabinet meeting, Mr Johnson said that if parliament wants more time to study the Brexit deal MPs have to agree to an election.

“It is time frankly the Opposition summoned up the nerve to subject themselves to our collective boss, which is the people of the UK,” he said, saying MPs will have until 6 November to debate the Withdrawal Bill.

“In the debate on Tuesday on Brexit when everybody said they needed more time to study this deal Labour couldn’t even find enough speakers, let alone new ideas,” he said. “We have had three and a half years to discuss this.”

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