Britain on course for December election after Labour party chief Jeremy Corbyn backs Boris Johnson's plan

Britain is on course for a December election Tuesday after the main Opposition Labour party said it would support Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan

Agence France-Presse October 29, 2019 19:02:44 IST
Britain on course for December election after Labour party chief Jeremy Corbyn backs Boris Johnson's plan
  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said, I have consistently said that we are ready for an election and our support is subject to a no deal Brexit being off the table

  • He said the decision by EU leaders on Monday to delay Brexit to 31 January meant that "for the next three months, our condition of taking No Deal off the table has now been met.

  • Johnson has called for an election on 12 December but Labour and other opposition parties are pushing for a date nearer to 9 December.

London: Britain was on course for a December election Tuesday after the main Opposition Labour party said it would support Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan, although a date has not yet been fixed.

Britain on course for December election after Labour party chief Jeremy Corbyn backs Boris Johnsons plan

File image of Jeremy Corbyn. Reuters

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "I have consistently said that we are ready for an election and our support is subject to a 'no deal' Brexit being off the table."

He said the decision by EU leaders on Monday to delay Brexit to 31 January meant that for the next three months, our condition of taking No Deal off the table has now been met.

"We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen," he said in a statement.

Johnson has called for an election on 12 December but Labour and other opposition parties are pushing for a date nearer to 9 December.

"It will be a December election," a Labour party source told AFP.

The prime minister will on Tuesday bring forward a bill to legislate for the snap poll, which is expected to pass parliament in the next few days.

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