British lawmakers vote to block no-deal Brexit amid election haggling

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This is ironic because despite him having challenged the government to hold an election almost every day for two years and has recently goaded new Prime Minister Boris Johnson for not having been directly elected by the people himself, now the opportunity is being put in front of him the opposition leader is running from it.

Urgently pressed for time, MPs would like to vote through the Brexit delay bill in all three required readings by Wednesday evening, before passing it on to the upper House of Lords for final approval.

Mr Johnson, who dismissed the initiative as a "surrender Bill" to Europe, pulled all the stops to prevent it from going ahead. Among those bounced out were former International Development Secretary Rory Stewart; Kenneth Clarke, a former treasury chief and the longest-serving member of the House of Commons; and Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Johnson hero Winston Churchill.

Debate in Parliament Tuesday centered on fears over a no-deal exit that even government officials predict would lead to food and medicine shortages and other catastrophic economic and social problems.

Johnson accused his opponents of undermining the government's attempt to strike a new divorce deal with the European Union, and said he would seek a general election if the lawmakers succeed this week, taking his message directly to the people in his bid to deliver Brexit come what may. "There is no majority for no-deal in the country".

"I don't want an election", he shouted in the noisy, restless parliamentary chamber, "but that would be the only way to resolve this", he added.

Senior Labour figures have said Mr Johnson is "destroying" his party by sacking dissenters, but Business Minister Kwasi Kwarteng defended the move.

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"Humiliation for Johnson as Tory rebels turn against him", read the front page of the left-wing Guardian newspaper, while The Independent wrote: "Johnson loses control". The Liberal Democrats have also said they will vote against an early election at this stage.

The beleaguered United Kingdom leader got a boost Wednesday when a Scottish court refused to intervene in his decision to suspend Parliament, ruling it was a matter for lawmakers to decide, not the courts.

Labour indicated they would not back the move - which would require the support of two-thirds of MPs - until chances of a no-deal Brexit were taken off the table.

But Mr Corbyn said the PM was "running down the clock" on a no-deal Brexit and "hiding the facts" about the likelihood of food and medicine shortages. Soames called his expulsion "the fortunes of war".

Parliament's bid to tie Johnson's hands leaves Brexit up in the air, with possible outcomes ranging from a turbulent no-deal European Union exit to abandoning the whole endeavour - both outcomes that would be unacceptable to swathes of the United Kingdom's voters. "I knew what I was doing, but I just believe that they are not playing straight with us". The Prime Minister suffered his first-ever parliamentary defeat on Tuesday night when 21 Tory MPs joined the opposition to give Parliament control of the parliamentary agenda.

Labour Party officials also said they need a guarantee that the election would be held before October 31, to prevent a no deal Brexit from happening by default on that day.

At another point, making a reference to trade deals with the US, Johnson insulted Corbyn by saying: "There's only one chlorinated chicken that I can see in this house, and he's on that bench".

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