I don't want an election, says Boris Johnson in latest Brexit warning

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement outside 10 Downing Street in central London

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Johnson, who claims that the possibility of no-deal is necessary to improve the deal for the United Kingdom, said the parliamentary effort would "chop the legs" out from under the United Kingdom position.

Ms Greening, Mr Hammond and Mr Grieve all confirmed they would join opposition MPs in voting for legislation created to delay Britain's exit from the European Union if no agreement can be struck with the European Union before October 31.

"Let our negotiators get on with their work without that sword of Damocles over their necks". "I don't want an election, you don't want an election".

Ex-justice secretary David Gauke, who is among the senior Tories who have put their name to the cross-party legislation, said if MPs did not act then Britain would leave without a deal on October 31.

However, Labour's shadow Northern Ireland secretary Tony Lloyd later appeared to contradict his leader, saying Labour would first push to have legislation passed blocking a no-deal Brexit. We have seen parliament gridlocked by Brexit.

Boris Johnson strides out of 10 Downing Street. His team had also told British media that they could be expelled from the Conservative Party if they voted against the government, or even if they abstained in a possible vote.

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The last snap election was called by former prime minister Theresa May and was held on 8 June 2017.

Former prime minister Theresa May agreed exit terms with Brussels a year ago but the deal, which covered Britain's financial contributions, the rights of European Union expatriates and the Irish border, was rejected by parliament thrice.

Several others have spoken earlier of voting to block no deal.

Johnson, who took power in July with a pledge to go no matter what, insisted that he was not backing down on the promise.

Johnson has rejected the divorce deal on the table but insists he wants to reach an agreement with Brussels to ease the end of Britain's 46-year-old European Union membership.

"We're leaving on 31 October, no ifs or buts".

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Opinion polls suggest Johnson's decisive action on Brexit is popular with voters, but an election - particularly before Brexit is delivered - could be a huge risk.

On the prime minister's threat of holding a snap general election, she said: "I don't believe the Conservative party will offer people a sensible choice at the next election in respect of the fact Boris Johnson is going to offer people a general election that offers the no deal or Jeremy Corbyn".

Greening, whose constituency voted majority Remain, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I will not be standing as a Conservative candidate at the next election".

Rumours had swirled that Johnson might try to trigger a no-confidence vote - taking his message directly to the people to seek their support.

Two-thirds of lawmakers must support holding an early election, which is otherwise not scheduled until 2022, and Johnson is not certain to get enough votes.

The rebels believe they have the numbers to force through the plan, which is backed by the main opposition Labour party and could delay Brexit to January 31.

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Rumors of an imminent announcement of swirled after Johnson unexpectedly called a meeting of his Cabinet for Monday evening, the UK's Press Association reported, on the eve of what's expected to be a tumultuous first day of the new parliamentary term.

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