New prime minister Boris Johnson faces an uphill challenge if he wants to keep his promise to energise Britain and deliver Brexit by October 31. The Tories only have a working parliamentary majority of two – and it could get even slimmer, reports Perspecs. Johnson has been told to “seize the initiative” and call an early general election in order to survive as prime minister. However, he has also been warned that a snap election would be a “terrible mistake”. The Claim According to the Times’ Daniel Finkelstein, Johnson should call a snap general election. He says that gambling everything on going to the country is the new prime minister’s “best chance of survival”. Finkelstein writes: “He won’t want to hear this but, putting myself in his place and trying to see how best to achieve his objectives, my advice is to call a snap general election. “Not wait to be forced into one but seize the initiative and call one in the next month.” He argues that a government with such a small majority is not going to keep it for long. He explains: “A defection or two, a by-election or two, a disagreement with the DUP or two… Read full this story
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