Published: Fri, September 06, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Timing of election poses dilemma for Labour

Timing of election poses dilemma for Labour

But most of his MPs and much of his shadow cabinet are against this plan, saying Labour should not agree to an election until Mr Johnson has actually delivered the letter requesting an extension. If Mr Johnson went to the ballot box with the anti-Brexit law in place, Mr Farage would likely stand against his candidates against Johnson's in every seat, likely splitting the pro-Brexit vote. The opposition parties have rejected supporting this until the Brexit extension bill has passed, which it likely will early next week, possibly Monday.

Labour's Caerphilly MP Wayne David told the BBC Radio Wales Breakfast with Claire Summers programme that his and Labour's view was "we're against an early general election before 31 October and the reason for that is quite simple - we do not trust Boris Johnson".

Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi said on Twitter that a general election must be called after 31 October because "this PM is a Liar and the the United Kingdom will not be taken for fools".

During his first Prime Minister's Questions session, Boris Johnson appeared to shout at Corbyn: "Call an election, you great big girl's blouse".

"Let this bill pass and gain Royal Assent, then we will back an election so we do not crash out", he said.

Mr Corbyn - also labelled a "chlorinated chicken" during Wednesday's heated exchange - declined questions from reporters outside his home. "The Stop No Deal Bill MUST be implemented first".

Ben Bradshaw, the MP for Exeter, Devon, said: 'Labour and the other opposition parties must not save him, but ensure an election is only called after October 31st, when he will have failed completely'.

He added: "I think the key thing is that the date of the general election is set in a way that does not allow this prime minister any leeway whatsoever to subvert the decision of Parliament".

The defeat came after Parliament voted against a no-deal Brexit in a crushing blow to the Prime Minister.

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