Boris Johnson's brother Jo quits, torn between family and country

British lawmakers willing to move court to enforce Brexit delay

But they also rejected his call for a snap election to resolve the political deadlock that has characterised the past three years since the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit. Options range from a turbulent "no-deal" exit to abandoning the whole endeavour.

The pro-EU Johnson described facing "unresolvable tension" and being "torn between family loyalty and the national interest".

Since taking office in July, Boris Johnson has tried to corral the Conservative Party, which is openly fighting over Brexit, behind his strategy of leaving the European Union on October 31 at all costs, with or without a deal.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson should fire Dominic Cummings, the advisor behind his high-stakes Brexit strategy that resulted in an dramatic purge of his own lawmakers this week, former prime minister John Major said yesterday.

The prime minister no longer has a majority in the House of Commons after firing 21 MPs from the Conservative Party for voting against him in recent days over Brexit.

Speaking at a police cadet training center in Yorkshire, Johnson said; "I'd rather be dead in a ditch than ask the European Union for an extension".

The group of more than 70 largely pro-Remain politicians, headed by SNP MP Joanna Cherry, argue that Mr Johnson is exceeding his powers and attempting to undermine democracy by avoiding parliamentary scrutiny before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on October 31.

Resignation opens up the possibility that cross-party opposition MPs will band together to appoint a caretaker PM in charge of a temporary government to steer Britain through its current Brexit impasse.

Behind the sound and the fury of the immediate crisis, an election now beckons for a polarized country.

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The Government will make a fresh attempt to call an early election on Monday, after a first failed bid to go to the polls on October 15. They are also concerned that if Mr. Johnson won a majority in an election on October 15 he could revoke the no-deal legislation.

And he added: "It's bad practical politics to narrow your appeal just before a general election".

In a statement, Downing Street said Boris Johnson thanked his brother for his service.

"It clearly turned into a rant about Brexit, the Opposition and a potential general election".

The pound gained 0.3% to $1.2295, after rallying 1.4% on Wednesday.

But early Thursday, the Lords agreed to let the bill pass through the chamber by Friday, allowing it to become law on Monday.

"Huge numbers of his constituents are horrified", said David Keys from the European Movement, who is gathering hundreds of signatures from constituents for a letter warning Johnson that he will lose their support in the next election over his approach to Brexit.

Johnson said that legislation would "scupper our negotiating power" and hand control to the EU.

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