After three votes and three losses, can life get worse for Boris Johnson? On Wednesday the UK PM's call for a national election on 15 October - he needed a two-thirds majority - was blocked by the House of Commons.

By Ian Horswill

Posted on September 5, 2019

All sporting teams can come good after three defeats from three matches and the same hope should be offered to the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

But, in reality, Boris Johnson is now nothing more than a puppet beholden to the Opposition Labor Party and the Scottish National Party. Jeremy Corbyn is the main man pulling Johnson’s strings.

After three votes and three losses, can life get worse for Boris Johnson? On Tuesday (UK time), MPs took control of the parliamentary agenda. Then on Wednesday (UK time), they demanded Johnson rule out a “no-deal” Brexit and sign an agreement with the European Union by 31 October. If he can’t do that, the demand is that he extends the leaving date, probably into 2020. He has been steadfast that he will do neither.

Exasperated, the UK PM then called for a national election on 15 October – he needed a two-thirds majority – but was defeated by the House of Commons. However, it may be that a similar motion for a national election on Monday (UK time) will secure the necessary number of votes.

The national election vote came just 48 hours after Johnson told the public: “I don’t want an election, you don’t want an election”.

Corbyn claimed Johnson’s proposal for a 15 October poll was “a bit like the offer of an apple to Snow White by the wicked queen”. However, Corbyn indicated if his party’s bill to block Johnson’s No Deal Brexit was granted Royal Ascent, he would support a national election.

“Let this bill pass, and gain royal assent: then we will back a general election,” Corbyn said, without specifying a date, AP News reported.

To confuse matters further, the Labour bill is facing stiff opposition from Conservative Party peers who are seeking to block in the House of Lords. The bill if granted Royal Ascent forces Johnson, against his will, to seek an extension to hold further talks with the European Union on an agreed withdrawal if he has not secured a new Brexit deal by 19 October. Johnson insists the UK must leave the European Union on the scheduled date of 31 October, with or without an agreement.

More than three years after the population voted for the UK to leave the European Union, a seemingly increasing number of politicians seem determined to stop it happening, even as Johnson says it was “the biggest democratic vote in our history.”

Opinion polls do not point to a certain majority for Johnson’s Conservatives if an election was called.

The Washington Post, in a comment piece, wrote “after all the huffing and puffing, the public gets the idea the populist cult leader is an incompetent charlatan”.

Johnson, despite having a shocker of a day, came up with the best put-down, taunting the Opposition Labour leader.

“I know he’s worried about free-trade deals with America, but there’s only one chlorinated chicken that I can see in his house, and he’s on that bench.”