Boris Johnson will seek to trigger an election again on Monday, daring Labour not to back the motion after the no-deal bill has been made law.
The leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said the government would seek to bring the same motion back and that parliament would not be prorogued until the bill had received royal assent.
Downing Street will resubmit the same motion which needs a two-thirds majority under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act (FTPA). Should the motion pass, parliament is expected to be prorogued on Monday but should it fail, Johnson has the option of attempting another route and keeping parliament going until Thursday – the deadline for prorogation.
It will need 434 MPs to back the plan but there are still divisions in Labour about whether to support any election before an extension to article 50 has been not only passed into law, but secured with the EU.
The House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow, has previously objected to the same motion being put forward twice when Theresa May attempted to submit her Brexit deal on multiple occasions, but Number 10 believes it will be permitted because of the no-deal bill receiving royal assent, a material change of circumstances.
Should the plan fail, Johnson will be faced with the difficult dilemma of trying to force an election using a different route which requires only a simple majority – either a one-line bill to amend the FTPA or calling a no-confidence vote in his own government.
“The prime minister believes, as he set out last night, that the public must be given a say before the European council on the 17 October,” Johnson’s spokeswoman said.
There is no guarantee that Labour will back the government’s plan for an election when it returns on Monday. Read more