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Boris Johnson trapped in stalemate with little room to manoeuvre

Determined British Prime Minister suddenly looks vulnerable after suffering double political defeat

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suffered an unprecedented double political defeat, as Parliament not only rejected his bid to pull Britain out of the European Union as quickly as possible, but also denied him the right to hold early elections.

A fresh general election is still very likely to take place. But at least for the moment, Mr Johnson is trapped in a legal stalemate which severely restricts his room for manoeuvre and seriously dents his reputation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 06, 2019, with the headline 'Johnson trapped in stalemate with little room to manoeuvre'. Print Edition | Subscribe