Published: Fri, September 06, 2019

Boris Johnson calls on MPs to back his general election plans

Boris Johnson calls on MPs to back his general election plans

A bemused Jeremy Corbyn was presented with a "big girl's blouse" as he left his home on Thursday morning after remarks by Boris Johnson.

"Let the Bill pass and have Royal Assent and then we can have a general election", Mr Corbyn said.

Mr Corbyn said he would back a general election once the prospect of a no-deal Brexit was off the table.

Guto Bebb, one of 21 Conservative who had the whip removed on Tuesday, said: "I said before he was Prime Minister that I didn't think he was fit for the office he was seeking, and now that he is Prime Minister, I still don't think he is fit for that office".

In a speech today, Mr Johnson will repeat his claim that the legislation is a "surrender Bill" and stress that he will not seek a delay to Brexit.

On Wednesday, MPs blocked Mr Johnson's plan for an early election.

It seems that barely a day went by since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister that a senior figure in the Labour Party didn't call for a General Election.

The PM's bid to go tot he polls on October 15 failed to win the required support of two thirds of MPs after Labour abstained from the vote. "They're very unhappy with Jeremy Corbyn about this, but if he decides to back this, it's going to a battle of wills and the only thing that can stop an early election at the moment is a revolt on the Labour benches".

"It has to be nailed down and it's not for me to have a view of exact dates because the way in which it can be nailed down can have an impact on that date but I think that that's what the Labour frontbench in Westminster will be working with others over the coming days to secure".

Jeremy Corbyn said the Bill created to prevent a no-deal Brexit must be passed through the Lords and have received Royal Assent before his party would back a snap election.

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