British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government was left in limbo according to a report by AFP, after MPs voted to derail his Brexit plan and rejected his call for an early election to break the political deadlock.
Just six weeks after taking office, Johnson lost his majority in the House of Commons as his own MPs joined opposition parties to stop him taking Britain out of the EU next month without a deal.
The MP’s approved a bill that could force Johnson to delay Brexit to January or even later if he cannot agree to exit terms with Brussels in time.
Johnson says he does not want a “no-deal” exit on 31 October but says he must keep that option open in order to get an agreement.
He said the bill, which was being debated in the upper House of Lords into the night, “destroys the ability of government to negotiate”, and said he had no option to call an election to win a new mandate.