According to a spokesman for Boris Johnson, the British PM will demand a snap election on Thursday, stating that another Brexit delay would be a betrayal of voters who backed Brexit in 2016.
A law aimed at stopping the country from leaving the bloc “would, in essence, overturn the biggest democratic vote in our history – the 2016 referendum”, Johnson’s spokesman stated.
In the meantime, the House of Commons, the lower house of the UK parliament, adopted the bill on delaying Brexit on Wednesday and it was passed to the House of Lords, which is the upper house. The Lords have been using the so-called filibustering strategy to prevent the legislation on leaving the bloc even if the deal is not reached on 31 October from being passed.
“Government ends filibuster in the Lords. Agrees Brexit Bill will complete passage in the Lords by 5.00 pm Friday,” Hunt wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, the UK House of Commons has adopted a piece of legislation to delay Brexit beyond 31 October in the absence of an agreement with the EU. Following the decision, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that there must be an election on 15 October.
However, Boris Johnson on Wednesday failed to win the approval of enough members of parliament to go ahead with an early election with 298 MPs voted in favour of an early election while at least 434 UK lawmakers was needed to vote in favour of early election for the move to go ahead.