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US News Labour Will Back A Snap Election As Soon As EU Grants Brexit Delay, Corbyn Ally Says

12:10  23 october  2019
12:10  23 october  2019 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

Thousands of anti-Brexit protesters gather in London to march on Parliament as plotting MPs look set to thwart Boris Johnson's deal and delay leaving the EU - (while publicity-seeking eco-activist Mr Broccoli gets in on the act too)

  Thousands of anti-Brexit protesters gather in London to march on Parliament as plotting MPs look set to thwart Boris Johnson's deal and delay leaving the EU - (while publicity-seeking eco-activist Mr Broccoli gets in on the act too) Supporters of the so-called People's Vote campaign group gathered at Park Lane (left) before marching on the Palace of Westminster for a mass rally.Supporters of the so-called People's Vote campaign group have marched on the Palace of Westminster for a mass rally which has drawn tens of thousands from across the UK.

Labour at war over Brexit as Jeremy Corbyn 's shadow cabinet urge him to block Boris Johnson's bid for a general election and back a second referendum instead. Outlining the circumstances in which Labour would back a snap poll, he said : 'If the EU responds by agreeing an extension of a number

Jeremy Corbyn says opposition MPs will take the first steps towards trying to pass a law blocking a no-deal Brexit when Parliament returns next week. MPs plan to apply for an emergency debate as soon as next Tuesday or Wednesday, sources have told the BBC.

Dawn Butler et al. looking at a person in a suit and tie: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking in the House of Commons, London during the debate for the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: Second Reading. © PA Wire/PA Images Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking in the House of Commons, London during the debate for the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: Second Reading.

Labour will back a snap general election as soon as Brussels offers an extension of the UK’s membership of the EU, a leading ally of Jeremy Corbyn has declared.

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon dismissed as “fantasy politics” the idea that an election could be delayed until after a second Brexit referendum was held.

Amid fresh infighting in the party over a winter polling day, Burgon also said Labour was “not in the business of leaving the Conservatives in power” for a day longer than necessary to avoid a no-deal exit.

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Labour said it will not back him until "no-deal Brexit is off the table". Speaking after a meeting of senior He added in a letter directly to Mr Corbyn : "It is our duty to end this nightmare and provide the country But shadow Commons leader Valerie Vaz said Labour would only back an election once

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On Tuesday night, EU leaders were invited by European council president Donald Tusk to accept the UK government’s request for a three-month delay to the October 31 deadline for Brexit.

Once the 27 EU states agree their position, Boris Johnson is expected to move swiftly to demand a general election, daring Labour to risk rejecting a snap poll for the third time.

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Now EU leaders will consider whether to grant a delay to the 31 October Brexit deadline and what length it His opposite number, Labour 's Richard Burgon, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme his party EU Council President Donald Tusk said he would recommend European leaders backed an

MPs think that Labour will lose a snap poll - and their seats - and are refusing to back one. Today the PM will demand MPs back an early election to break the Brexit deadlock in Parliament - but wants them to push through his EU exit Corbyn - seen today - is still set to block an election Credit: EPA.

Richard Burgon wearing a suit and tie: Richard Burgon, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice © PA Wire/PA Images Richard Burgon, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

Asked if Labour would agree to an election if the EU approved an extension, Burgon told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Yes. Labour’s position is that as soon as no-deal is off the table we want a general election to get the Tories out as soon as possible.

“We are not in the business of leaving the Conservatives in power. They’ve been in power for nine years we want to get them out as soon as possible.”

Tensions over the election issue boiled over at Labour’s shadow cabinet meeting on Tuesday, with party chairman Ian Lavery rounding on Keir Starmer for trying to push the party into a position of putting a referendum before an election.

Burgon told the BBC: “I think that’s fantasy politics because a public vote cannot occur under the current arithmetic of parliament. Boris Johnson is not going to preside for nine months over preparations for and conduct of a public vote.”

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  Both Tories and Labour are split over a pre-Xmas election Boris Johnson on Thursday called for another general election, but in truth he knows he won't get one - yet.Still it was a clever device to distract from the admission he'd rather bury. That he will break his "do or die" promise to leave the EU on 31 October.

Labour Brexit spokesman Paul Blomfield said : 'This plan shows contempt for our democracy. 'The Government is trying to avoid proper scrutiny and run And Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suggested the PM was 'running down the clock' on Brexit in the hope that MPs will be 'blackmailed' by the fear of

Times says extension could be to June if second referendum. Optimism growing that Johnson will get Brexit bill The Withdrawal Agreement Bill could begin its journey as soon as Tuesday, after Johnson makes Jeremy Corbyn ’s leadership is seeking safeguards over issues from the environment to workers’ rights. His key problem could lie in wooing back his allies in the Democratic Unionist Party

Sources told HuffPost UK that “the real argument” internally is over the timing of a snap poll rather than any sequencing.

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“Some of us think an election in November or December would really piss off the public,” one shadow minister said. “And we need time to build an election campaign on our terms, not be bounced into a short, sharp one on his terms.”

Although some Corbyn allies think a February election is inevitable, other senior figures in the party want a May election to cut costs and boost turnout in the local and mayoral elections.

They believe that if the EU holds off its decision until next week, a November polling day is impossible, leaving a December 12 date as the other unattractive option in the run-up to Christmas.

Justice secretary Robert Buckland confirmed on Wednesday morning that a winter election was the government’s preference.

“However inhospitable and cold the weather might be that seems to me to be the way to break this impasse,” he said.

Some Tory Scottish MPs this week privately warned the PM against a mid-winter poll. Stirling MP Stephen Kerr told the BBC’s World Tonight he was preparing for a November election but any later would be unwise.

“I really would have doubts about a December election. We have tried the patience of people so much this year as a political group at Westminster, to put a general election into the Christmas month I think would be a push too far.”

Some ministers believe that a snap election can be postponed to the spring if the PM gets his Brexit deal through parliament in coming weeks.

Burgon revealed that Labour whips were in talks with their Tory counterparts over plans to give the Withdrawal Agreement Bill more time. “I would have thought it could be done in a matter of weeks, but it’s not for me to decide,” he said.

Johnson paused the bill on Tuesday night after plans to fast-track it through the Commons in just three days were defeated by 14 votes. The Queen’s Speech debate will continue instead.

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