The Prime Minister failed a second time to call early elections before the suspension of Parliament, which he decided until 14 October.
Another vote lost and the curtain fell. In one week, Boris Johnson lost six consecutive votes in the House of Commons, a historic record in itself. In fact, for the moment, the Prime Minister has lost absolutely all his votes. His motion for an early election was largely rejected Monday night, after an endless debate and terribly dispelled. “Speaker” John Bercow, who announced earlier in the day his next resignation on Oct. 31, had dog trouble controlling the stormy trade.
Boris Johnson needed the votes of two-thirds of the 650 MPs, or 434 votes, for his motion to pass. He collected 293, 5 fewer than last week’s vote on exactly the same motion. The entire opposition, from Labor to the Liberals-Democrats, to the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the only Green MP, had decided not to participate in a poll by Boris Johnson. Their vote on Monday means that elections can now be held no earlier than the end of November. The suspension of Parliament in the night, and until 14 October, prevents any vote during this period.
On October 14, with the exception of an extraordinary new development that can not be ruled out, Queen Elizabeth II will read the Queen’s Speech, the government’s legislative agenda. Then the members will debate this text for a few days. The first date for voting for new elections is likely to be 21 October. And if the House of Commons decided to call a ballot, technically, the organizing process would lead to the end of November.
- Parliament suspended in a carefully choreographed dramaturgy
After the circus of debates in the House of Commons, which ended shortly before 1 am, the deputies took part in the carefully choreographed dramaturgy of the official “prorogation” ceremony, the suspension of Parliament. In fact, not all elected officials attended the ceremony. The SNP and many Labor and Liberal Democrats had chosen to stay in the House of Commons to express their dissatisfaction. “Shame” (“shame”) was shouted several times.
Under the leadership of the Speaker, the other deputies assembled in the House of Lords, where strange characters in long red mantles trimmed with ermine, their heads encircled by curious black hats, had summoned them by the voice of the black rod “, another curious black-dressed figure who plays the role of Parliament’s policeman. The red leather armchairs of the lords were empty. The peers had decided to boycott the ceremony to express their own disapproval. The Speaker himself expressed his violent reluctance to this extension, which he described as “abnormal”. This is the longest five-week suspension of the British Parliament in modern history.
The text of the prorogation was read by a clerk who concluded with a sound “la Reyne le Veult”, the traditional address in Old French which sign the beginning of the suspension of Parliament. It was 1:40. Parliament will return to sit on October 14.