Tuesday will see MPs heading to the House of Commons for a political showdown with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, with rebel Tories and Labour MPs planning a bill to stop the UK leaving the EU on 31 October without a Brexit deal. On Sunday, a senior source from the Government whips office said any Conservative Party members who voted against the party line on Tuesday would be expelled and deselected. The move has prompted outcry from MPs across parties, as Boris Johnson forges ahead with plans to deliver Brexit, deal or no deal, on October 31.
With little clarity on whether the deadlocked British parliament might be able to come up with a resolution to the three-year Brexit crisis, talk turned to a possible election.
“We want a general election,” opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said, to oust Johnson’s “phony, populist cabal”.
He added: “We must come together to stop no deal – this week could be our last chance.”
However, former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair warned Corbyn, a veteran socialist, to avoid what he cast as an election “elephant trap” Johnson had laid for Labour.
He said: “Boris Johnson knows that if no-deal Brexit stands on its own as a proposition it might well fail but if he mixes it up with the Corbyn question in a general election he could succeed despite a majority being against a no-deal Brexit because some may fear a Corbyn premiership more.”