Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
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Brexit delayed! How Labour called for FOUR-year Brexit transition period

The Bill, which controversially led to the dismissal of more than 20 Tory MPs, received Royal Assent from the Queen on Monday and will force the Prime Minister to seek a Brexit delay if MPs have not approved a new deal, or no deal, by October 19.

The Shadow Chancellor let slip the plan during an interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain programme, saying: "We've said at least two years, and possibly more".

"Only Boris Johnson and the Conservatives will deliver Brexit by 31 October, no ifs or buts, so we can move on and focus on the issues that matter to people - investing in the NHS, reducing violent crime and cutting the cost of living".

Mr McDonnell's claims come a week after Labour, alongside Tory rebels, the Lib Dems and Green Party, passed a law aiming at halting a no deal Brexit.

He additionally warned the prime minister basic election "is coming", however not on his phrases, because the Labour chief successfully launched his marketing campaign for an election he's but to vote for.

But Mr Johnson later dismissed as a "load of nonsense" accusations that suspending Parliament is "anti-democratic", insisting it was necessary to prorogue before the Queen's Speech.

The party opposes a no-deal Brexit and has promised another referendum on any deal for leaving the EU.

Mr Corbyn has said while an incoming Labour government would hold a new referendum - with Remain and a "credible" option for Leave on the ballot paper - he has yet to say which he would support.

'And I can tell you this: We're ready for that election.

Speaking at Somerset House in central London, Mr Watson will say: 'The only way to break the Brexit deadlock once and for all is a public vote in a referendum. "Just as we worked throughout the summer to pass a law preventing no deal, so we will work each and every day we are shut down to enforce that law".

"To do so would put us against the majority will of the British people and on the side of certain corporate elites, who have always had the British people at the back of the queue".

Watson's intervention is likely to be viewed as less than helpful by the Labour leadership. "And I think that's unbelievable, that decent people who have devoted their entire lives to mainstream politics are being driven out by this culture of extremism and in some cases, anti-semitism.I have to be honest and the truth is that I have become ashamed of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn". This speech does not reflect Labour policy in any way.

By contrast to Watson's claim, party strategists believe the most ardent remain voters will be all but impossible to win back - but hope they can offer a pragmatic way out of the current crisis for both leavers and remainers.

The PM had already kicked off his unofficial election campaign with a visit to Yorkshire on Thursday, during which he re-announced his police recruitment drive. "Once we get out of here, there isn't any way to establishment-up Jeremy", one Labour source said.

Tom Watson has sparked fury by calling for a second European Union referendum sooner than a protracted-established election.

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