Senior UK government official makes it official

  • expect governments present motion to Parliament calling for an election if government loses votes on Tuesday
  • expected vote on holding an election to be held on Wednesday
  • likely election date would be October 14
  • if lawmakers rejected rebels plan, the government will not hold vote on having an election
  • vote on having an election would require two thirds majority to pass
  • conservative lawmakers who vote against government on Tuesday would lose party whip
  • PM continues to be keen to engage with other lawmakers on this issue
  • cabinet shared PM's apprehension of an election, but recognized UK negotiating position cannot be undermined
  • would expect EU sharpas to keep negotiating in coming days