Boris Johnson will address the nation later today as parliament is in deadlock after Jeremy Corbyn has blocked the PM’s attempt for an early election.
A spokesman for Downing Street confirmed on Thursday that Johnson is to “speak directly to the public, setting out the vital choice that faces our country.”
He said, “He will argue that Jeremy Corbyn’s surrender bill will force the prime minister to go to Brussels and surrender to any demands they make.
“This would in essence overturn the biggest democratic vote in our history, the 2016 referendum.
“The PM will not do this. It is clear the only action is to go back to the people and give them the opportunity to decide what they want; Boris to go to Brussels and get a deal, or leave without one on 31 October or Jeremy Corbyn arriving in Brussels with his surrender bill begging for more delay, more dither and accepting whatever terms Brussels imposes over our nation.
“For Jeremy Corbyn to continue to avoid an election would be a cowardly insult to democracy.”
On Wednesday evening the government failed to secure the required support of two thirds of parliament, under the Fixed-term Parliamentary Act.
The House of Commons voted 298 to 55, which is 136 votes short.