British lawmakers, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, dealt Prime Minister Boris Johnson yet another defeat, after they rejected for the second time in a week his bid to try and break the Brexit deadlock with an early general election.
Johnson needed a majority of two thirds for the motion to pass, but fell far short of the threshold.
Johnson had wanted to hold a snap election in mid-October, before a European Union summit on October 17th and before the country is due to leave the EU on October 31st.
(SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "This government will press on with negotiating a deal, while preparing to leave without one." Johnson said he would not request an extension to Brexit, even after a law was passed on Monday demanding Britain seek one from the EU, unless he can strike a divorce deal.
(SOUND BITE) (ENGLISH) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON, SAYING: "No matter how many devices this parliament invents to tie my hands, I will strive to get an agreement in the national interest." Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said the party was eager for an election, but would not support Johnson's move to hold one until it was certain a delay to Brexit had been secured.
SOUND BITE) (ENGLIGH) LABOUR PARTY LEADER JEREMY CORBYN, SAYING: "Mr. Speaker, this government is a disgrace and the way the prime minister operates is a disgrace." House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, who has clashed with the prime minister, said he would stand down on the same day of the Brexit deadline, and issued a warning to the government not to "degrade" parliament.
Just before 2 AM local time, some lawmakers lined up to shake his hand.
Parliament is now due to be suspended until Oct.