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Brexit: Boris Johnson poised to push for general election if EU agrees delay


The Government will push for a general election if a Brexit extension is agreed, it is believed.

A No. 10 source said: “Parliament and Corbyn have repeatedly voted for delay.

“On Saturday Parliament asked for a delay until January and today Parliament blew its last chance.

“If Parliament’s delay is agreed by Brussels, then the only way the country can move on is with an election.

“This Parliament is broken. The public will have to choose whether they want to get Brexit done with Boris or whether they want to spend 2020 having two referendums on Brexit and Scotland with Corbyn.”

It comes as Britain faces fresh chaos as the Prime Minister was forced to ask for a further delay to the UK’s departure from the EU.

Earlier today Boris Johnson lost a vote on his preferred timetable for passing Brexit legislation.

PM Boris Johnson earlier lost another vote in Parliament today

 

He was forced to pause the process and to ask the EU to decide on what he called Parliament’s request for a further delay to Britain’s departure.

The PM “paused” his Brexit deal after the House of Commons refused to accept a bid to rush it through in three days.

The day’s events sees the PM forced to abandon his vow to leave the EU by the October 31 deadline – in just nine days’ time.

Downing Street earlier today refused to confirm the UK would still leave by the hard-line deadline of Halloween.

Jeremy Corbyn in the House of Common’s during today’s dramatic vote

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Instead Mr Johnson said: “One way or another we will leave the EU with this deal to which the House has just given its assent.”

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The development saw EU chief Donald Tusk confirm he would ask the bloc’s 27 members states to agree to Mr Johnson’s forced request for a three-month delay.

Mr Johnson was backed into reluctantly requesting an extension on Saturday, after MPs forced his hand.

Jeremy Corbyn offered to enter talks with Mr Johnson about the way forward following today’s result.

Labour’s leader said: “Work with all of us to agree a reasonable timetable, and I suspect this House will vote to debate, scrutinise – and I hope amend – the detail of this Bill.”





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