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Boris Johnson May Seek General Election After Losing Key Commons Vote

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7:30 AM - 4 Sep 2019



MPs have defeated the British government in a crunch vote on Brexit, aiming to prevent a no-deal.

Last night they won a bid to seize control of the parliamentary agenda today, by a majority of 27.

The cross-party group will now try to pass legislation, meaning they can bring forward a bill seeking to delay the UK's exit date from the EU.

21 Conservative rebels are set to lose the party whip after the vote - effectively meaning they'll be expelled from the parliamentary party.

In response to last night's vote, Boris Johnson confirmed he's tabling a motion for an early general election.

He said: "I don't want an election, but if MPs vote to stop negotiations and to compel another pointless delay to Brexit - potentially for years - then that would be the only way to resolve this."

However, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party would only support an election if no-deal is blocked first.



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