MrJohnson’s team stepped up pressure on MPs on Sunday to back the prime minister’s bid to hold an early election and break the Brexit impasse, saying Britain was being held “hostage” by Parliament.
Mr Johnson needs the backing of two-thirds of MPs to hold a public ballot.
More than three years since Britain voted to leave the EU, the divided country and its Parliament are still debating over how, when and even whether Brexit, Britain’s biggest policy shift for more than 40 years, should happen.
A Downing Street source said the prime minister would do all he can to force an election to “get Brexit done”, including considering options offered by other parties.
Mr Johnson said on Saturday: “Parliament cannot hold the country hostage any longer.
“Millions of businesses and people cannot plan their futures, this paralysis is causing real damage and the country must move on in 2020.”
His culture minister, Nicky Morgan, doubled down on the message on Sunday, warning lawmakers that Thursday was still “the default leaving date”.
“So that should focus minds,” she told Sky News.
The government’s no-deal contingency plan to prevent gridlock on Kent roads near ports, known as Operation Brock, has been rolled out despite the high chances of Brexit not happening this week.
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