UK parliament rejects PM's call for early election
Updated 08:08, 10-Sep-2019

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to secure a divorce deal with the European Union (EU) at a crucial summit in October, after lawmakers voted for a second time to reject his bid to hold a snap election.

Johnson had wanted to hold an election in mid-October, before an EU summit on October 17 and before the country is due to leave the bloc on October 31.

"This government will press on with negotiating a deal, while preparing to leave without one," Johnson told parliament.

"I will go to that crucial summit on October 17 and no matter how many devices this parliament invents to tie my hands, I will strive to get an agreement in the national interest."

"This government will not delay Brexit any further."

The UK parliament rejected Johnson’s call for an early election in a vote on Tuesday.

Only 293 PMs voted yes, significantly less than the 434 votes needed.

Source(s): Reuters