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Boris Johnson threatens election to stop rebels from blocking no-deal Brexit

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated he will seek an early election in an effort to thwart rebels within his own party who want to stop him taking Britain out of the European Union  without a deal.

Mr Johnson said he did not want an election, but progress with the EU would be “impossible” if the MPs win.

A number of MPs have come together across party political lines in a fresh bid to stop a no-deal Brexit, after Mr Johnson vowed to leave the EU with or without a deal on 31 October.

When parliament returns on Tuesday after recess, they are expected to put forward legislation under Standing Order 24 – a rule that allows urgent debates to be heard.

The bill would force the prime minister to ask for Brexit to be delayed until 31 January, unless MPs had approved a new deal, or voted in favour of a no-deal exit, by 19 October.

Government officials have been briefing October 14 as the date that Johnson may seek a new election for, according to multiple UK media reports. It’s a Monday, which would be another break with precedent, as British elections are typically held on a Thursday.
Under UK law, if Johnson wants to call an election, he must get the support of two-thirds of lawmakers in the House of Commons.

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