LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced a double defeat in the House of Commons after MPs turned down his motion for a general election.

He needed two thirds of all MPs to vote in favour under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, but the motion secured 298 vote in favour and 56 against it.

Labour Party’s MPs also abstained on the vote. Earlier, MPs backed a bill aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit if the PM hadn’t agreed a plan with the EU ahead of the 31 October deadline.

Speaking in House, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said the bill scuppered negotiations and the only way forward now is an election.


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