Boris Johnson is facing a new battle in the commons after his first vote as UK Prime Minister saw him lose to rebel Tories and opposition MPs who object to a no-deal Brexit.
The Commons voted 328 to 301 to take control of the agenda, allowing them to bring a bill requesting a Brexit delay.
The prime minister is to call for a general election if he is forced to request an extension to the 31 October deadline.
MPs will now vote on the Brexit delay bill. If it passes, the vote on whether to hold an election will follow.
But unless two thirds of MPs back the move for an election it cannot be called – which looks unlikely, given Labour’s opposition.
Labour has said the bill taking the no-deal option completely “off the table” needs to be passed before his party would support the call for a general election.
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