Boris Johnson Calls for General Election on December 12 to Secure Brexit
Last night, Boris Johnson took the dramatic step of calling for a general election to break the deadlock in parliament and to secure Brexit. He said he is going to table a motion on Monday, 28 October, with the aim of going to the country on Thursday, December 12. His view is that now parliament has approved his deal it can have more time if it requires to scrutinize it, but we should leave the European Union as quickly as possible.
In response, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, has said yesterday he will not agree to a general election unless ‘no deal’ is taken off the table.
If the opposition refused to agree to an election, this will continue the pattern of obstructive behaviour pursued by parliament for the past 3 years 4 months since the ‘Leave’ side won the European Referendum. With the fixed term parliament act preventing the government from calling for an election by itself, parliament will be able to prevent the ruling party from governing effectively. It could be said they are holding the country to ransom, because they fear what the results of a general election would be.