Boris Johnson has announced a second vote on his plan to hold a snap election on 15th October, defending the decision to hold another vote by saying it’s perfectly possible for people to change their minds on a major decision in a four-day period.
The next vote will follow a further day of talks and debates about a snap election, during which it is possible some details may change, and apparently, according to Boris Johnson, when the details change you are allowed to change your mind.
The prime minister told reporters, “MPs voted last week on what they thought a snap election would mean – and they said no. And I heard them. But things change, and it turns out the snap election won’t lead to what they thought it lead to.
“I will work with my parliamentary colleagues over the course of the day, and the plan for a snap election might change slightly to accommodate their concerns – and when things change, it’s only right that we give those same people the opportunity to vote again and perhaps change their minds.
“This is how democracy works. A democracy where you can not change your mind is no democracy at all.
“No, I don’t see this as remotely hypocritical.”
Backbench Remain-supporting MP Simon Williams told us, “This is an outrageous slight on our nation’s democratic principles. MPs voted against Boris’ snap election and that means NO snap election!
“I don’t care if the details of that deal have changed, or that my assumptions about it are proven wrong, no means NO!
“He lost and he needs to get over it.”