The prospect that Britain will have to accept imports of chlorine-washed chicken from the United States in any trade deal between the two has become a symbol of what remainers say will be a weak negotiating position after Brexit.
He said: "I don't want an election at all, but frankly I don't see any other way".
In a series of crushing defeats for Johnson, MPs voted through a bill that would require Johnson to ask for an extension of Article 50 - effectively delaying Brexit - and then denied the prime minister's call for a general election on October 15.
Father of Boris Johnson, Stanley Johnson, left, and Boris Johnson's siblings Rachel Johnson and Jo Johnson look on after Boris was announced as Prime Minister.
Boris Johnson suffered another hugely damaging blow to his premiership and authority after his brother quit his role in the Cabinet accusing the Prime Minister of not acting in the national interest.
It was clearly a hard decision for Jo Johnson, who had returned to government as an education minister when his big brother replaced Theresa May as prime minister in July.
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Almost 60 percent of the newly-registered voters are under the age of 35, giving hope to the Labour Party that the surge in registrations is closely linked to widespread outrage over Johnson's push for the U.K.to leave the European Union by the end of October, with or without a deal.
Conservative MP Philip Lee also defected on Tuesday, joining the Liberal Democrats in the House of Commons as the prime minister was speaking and leaving Johnson with a minority. Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has also said his party wouldn't give the required consent for an early election until that legislation was given royal assent, which is expected on Monday.
Major, Conservative prime minister from 1990 to 1997, said lawmakers' service now seemed to be worthless unless they were "parroting the views of a prime minister influenced by a political anarchist", a reference to Cummings.
The opposition Labour Party cast Johnson's language - including calling Corbyn a "chicken" - as pathetic, said he was trying to act like U.S. President Donald Trump, and compared him to a 3-year-old toddler having a tantrum.
The pound kept rising on Thursday as opposition MPs edged closer to blocking a no-deal Brexit next month and resisted the government's push for a snap general election. "But we will consult and do it on at the date on which we will think will have maximum advantage against a "no-deal", he said.
"This is behaviour I never thought to see from any British government, and it must stop", Major said. Although Mr. Corbyn has said the party would back an early election once the no-deal legislation was given royal assent, many of his MPs want to hold off on a vote until after October 31 in order to ensure that the country doesn't crash out of the EU.
The bill is now with the House of Lords, which has committed to passing it before Friday, September 6.