UK: Brexit chaos continues as parliament takes control

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The have maintained that they would not accept any deal that took the United Kingdom out of the EU customs union and did not, for example, secure workers' rights - which is why they voted down May's deal three times.

This comes one day after a stinging defeat Tuesday, in which rebel Conservatives joined with the opposition in an attempt to block a no-deal Brexit and saw Johnson lose his working majority in Parliament.

On Wednesday evening, they approved a bill that could force the PM to delay Brexit to January or even later if he cannot agree to exit terms with Brussels in time. The House has voted repeatedly to leave the European Union but it has also voted to delay actually leaving.

Following the result, Johnson said Jeremy Corbyn "has become the first leader of the opposition in the democratic history of our country to refuse the invitation of an election".

During the debate on the bill it was amended, so that during a Brexit extension Parliament has to vote on a version of the former prime minister Theresa May's withdrawal agreement.

But Labour and other opposition MPs refused to back the bid - which needed a two-thirds majority in the Commons - while the risk of a no-deal remained.

"When he says we are going to have an election on October 15, nobody believes him because the levels of trust in Boris Johnson are very, very low", Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer told ITV. That message has thin appeal to portions of the electorate, but in a fragmented political landscape, bringing Brexit voters-including supporters of Nigel Farage's newly formed Brexit Party-under a Conservative banner could net Johnson a majority of Commons seats on a comparatively low vote share.

Yet, we can look at what this entire Brexit saga says about democracy in the U.K. That the U.K. has an unwritten constitution is both a blessing and a curse.

As MPs were debating in the Commons last night, Mr Cummings was reportedly seen holding a glass of red wine in a corridor where newspapers have their offices in Parliament to chat to journalists about holding a snap election.

As the vote tally was announced on Tuesday, a Brexit opponent cried out, "Not a good start, Boris".

Johnson responded with swift vengeance, expelling the rebels from the Conservatives in Parliament, leaving them as independent lawmakers. Among those bounced out were former International Development Secretary Rory Stewart; Kenneth Clarke, a former treasury chief and the longest-serving member of the House of Commons; and Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Johnson hero Winston Churchill.

Johnson's planned suspension is also facing several legal challenges. "I am truly sad that it should end in this way".

A Scottish court ruled in Johnson's favour in the parliament suspension case, saying Johnson's decision is lawful and not for judges to decide.

Labour's MP for Peterborough Lisa Forbes supported the bill, while Cambridgeshire MP for North West Cambridgeshire Shailesh Vara voted against it.

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