Britain's Boris Johnson stirs outrage over murdered MP quip
London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson challenged Opposition parties to table a no-confidence motion in his government to trigger a general election, amid chaotic scenes in the House of Commons after a historic Supreme Court verdict over-ruling his earlier suspension of Parliament.
Johnson, who had to dash back from the United Nations summit in New York to face furious parliamentarians on Wednesday evening, appeared unrepentant as he stuck to his stand that the senior judges had been wrong and rejected the pleas of members of parliament to moderate his inflammatory language as an attempt to frustrate his Brexit strategy to meet the October 31 deadline.
Instead of facing the voters the Opposition turned tail and fled from an election. Instead of deciding to let the voters decide, they ran for the courts it is absolutely no disrespect to the judiciary to say I think the court was wrong, he declared, amid extraordinary verbal clashes in the Commons.
Other parliamentarians also rounded on Johnson for his lack of contrition following the unanimous and historic defeat for the government in the highest court of the country, when it ruled on Tuesday that the UK PM had been unlawful in seeking Parliament to be prorogued earlier this month.
Responding to Johnson, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused him of failing to take the court defeat seriously, branding his statement "10 minutes of bluster from a dangerous Prime Minister who thinks he is above the law but in truth is not fit for the office he holds .
He said that Johnson should have done the honourable thing and resigned.