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US News Sajid Javid admits Boris Johnson has failed to deliver Brexit by October 31 as EU says it won't decide on extension yet

15:30  25 october  2019
15:30  25 october  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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Mr Javid told BBC Breakfast: “We have to accept we won’t be able to leave on October 31” but laid the blame firmly at the feet of Parliament and Jeremy Corbyn.

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He said: “We’ve done everything possible to leave on October 31. We got that deal that everyone said that we couldn’t get, we planned extremely carefully for a no-deal outcome as well just in case but because of the actions of Parliament and especially of Jeremy Corbyn we’ve had more dither and more delay.”

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Boris Johnson ’s promise to “get Brexit done” by October 31 seems to have evaporated at the precise point he spotted the EU leaders say they wait to hear from Boris Johnson as to what his next steps are /1. PM fails to restrict scrutiny of bill to just three days in effort to meet 31 October deadline.

Boris Johnson ’s promise to “get Brexit done” by October 31 seems to have evaporated at the precise point he spotted the EU leaders say they wait to hear from Boris Johnson as to what his next steps are /1. PM fails to restrict scrutiny of bill to just three days in effort to meet 31 October deadline.

Mr Javid’s comments came as it was expected that the EU would respond to a request for an extension on Friday, but just hours later Michel Barnier said the EU had delayed its decision.

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Reports had suggested that the remaining EU 27 wanted to defer a decision until they see the outcome of the Commons vote.

What happens now?

Boris Johnson is expected to table his third attempt to get an early general election on Monday, but his success depends on the backing of the Labour Party as the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act (FTPA) requires the support of a “super majority” of two-thirds of MPs to be approved.

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Boris Johnson ’s promise to “get Brexit done” by October 31 seems to have evaporated at the precise point he spotted the EU leaders say they wait to hear from Boris Johnson as to what his next steps are /1. PM fails to restrict scrutiny of bill to just three days in effort to meet 31 October deadline.

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Mr Johnson has called on MPs to back a vote on December 12, saying he will give them more time to consider his Brexit deal if they agree.

Mr Javid said the government will push “again and again” for a general election if the opposition denies Prime Minister Boris Johnson a pre-Christmas poll.

Mr Javid said the stalemate over Brexit had reduced Westminster to a “zombie parliament”, and it is up to Labour to end the deadlock by agreeing to go back to the country.

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He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “The Opposition have said, week after week, that if there is a delay of three months, which is what they requested through Parliament, then they will vote for a general election, so let’s see if they keep their word.

“And if they don’t then we will keep bringing back to Parliament a motion to have an election – and we will keep doing that again and again.”

Will Labour back a general election?

Jeremy Corbyn et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Britain's opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the House of Commons as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Parliament TV via REUTERS © Provided by Oath Inc. Britain's opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the House of Commons as parliament discusses Brexit, sitting on a Saturday for the first time since the 1982 Falklands War, in London, Britain, October 19, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Parliament TV via REUTERS While Labour has not ruled out backing the PM’s bid for a pre-Christmas election, Jeremy Corbyn has insisted a no-deal Brexit must be “taken off the table”.

The Labour leader said he wanted to see the terms of any Brexit extension offered by the EU before deciding which way to vote on Monday.

“Take no-deal off the table and we absolutely support a general election,” he said in an interview on Thursday evening. “But no-deal must be taken off the table.”

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said they needed an “explicit commitment” that a no-deal Brexit was off the table before they would be prepared to back an election.

She told the Today programme that that could require further legislation as promises by Mr Johnson were “not worth the paper they’re written on”.

She added: “The December day is a ludicrous day. We’ve not had a general election at Christmas for over a century, and there’s good reasons for that.”

Some Labour MPs are opposed to a snap election at a time when the party is trailing the Tories in the polls.

Senior Labour backbender Ben Bradshaw said: “I think the overwhelming view of Labour MPs and Labour supporters in the country is we need a referendum first before an election.”

The SNP, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru have refused to back Mr Johnson’s plan.

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