Boris slams opposition; own brother deserts govt
London - Johnson remained determined to secure an election as the only way out of Britain's years-long Brexit impasse.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused Britain's main opposition leader on Thursday of trying to dodge an election, after rebellious lawmakers rejected the UK leader's call to trigger a snap poll and moved to block his plan to leave the European Union next month without a divorce deal.
Johnson remained determined to secure an election as the only way out of Britain's years-long Brexit impasse. His office said he would argue in a speech later that politicians must "go back to the people and give them the opportunity to decide what they want."
Johnson called Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to endorse an election a "cowardly insult to democracy."
Johnson's determination to lead Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 come hell or high water is facing strong opposition from lawmakers, including members of his own Conservative Party who oppose to a no-deal Brexit.
On Thursday, the prime minister's brother, Jo Johnson, quit the government, saying he could no longer endure the conflict "between family loyalty and the national interest."
Jo Johnson has served as an education minister in his older brother's government, despite his opposition to leaving the EU without a divorce deal. He said on Thursday that he would step down from Parliament, the latest in a string of resignations by Conservative moderates opposed to the government's hard-Brexit stance.
PM's family divided on Brexit
The illustrious Johnson family is deeply divided over the wisdom of leaving the EU. Boris Johnson played a key cheerleading role in the 2016 Brexit referendum, helping convince a slight majority of the country to vote in favor of splitting. He is now quite willing to accept a "no-deal" Brexit, a position Jo Johnson rejects.
Sister Rachel Johnson, a journalist and TV personality, is in favor of keeping Britain within the EU - she tweets that the family doesn't bring Brexit up at dinner to avoid ganging up on the prime minister.
Their 79-year-old father Stanley Johnson, an author and former Conservative member of the European Parliament, has switched sides and now backs leaving the EU, although he seems to focus more on environmental issues and wildlife protection.