Published: Wed, September 11, 2019

UK Conservatives retain large lead over Labour

UK Conservatives retain large lead over Labour

Gareth Snell, the Labour MP for Stoke on Trent Central, criticised the deputy Labour leader for calling on the party to back a second referendum as a priority over a general election.

In a speech to the TUC conference, he will tell delegates: "Prime Minister Johnson now thinks that by shutting down Parliament he will shut us up".

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.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats said they would not vote for an election until they were sure that a no-deal Brexit has been averted.

"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", said its party chair James Cleverly. "We're ready to unleash the biggest people-powered campaign we've ever seen".

These included continued customs union membership until the question of whether to leave could be settled at a general election; and closer alignment with the EU on workers' rights and environmental standards. "And in that election we will commit to a public vote with a credible option to leave (the EU) and the option to remain". But the prime minister has said he would "rather be dead in a ditch" than ask Brussels for another extension.

He accused Mr Johnson of "hijacking the referendum result to shift even more power and wealth to those at the top", as he painted the Tory leader and his Cabinet as "the establishment".

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits in the back of a car as he leaves parliament in London Monday Sept. 9 2019. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson voiced optimism Monday that a new Brexit deal can be reached so Britain leaves the European Uni

The Liberal Democrats said: "We were absolutely rock solid on rejecting out of hand Boris Johnson's attempt to cut and run with a general election". 9 whilst the opposition Labour Party took 24%.

The Dudley North Member of Parliament, now sitting as an independent after he resigned the Labour whip in February over rising antisemitism in the party and Jeremy Corbyn's negative attitude towards the 2016 Brexit referendum, spoke out in an emergency debate on the rule of law Monday evening.

Johnson's government said it would appeal the court ruling on the suspension, which has been criticised by opposition lawmakers as undemocratic, suggesting the prime minister would stick to his Brexit plan and keep parliament shut.

The year before 2016, Mr McDonnell promised to get behind Britain's exit from the European Union, as he believed it could be "an enormous opportunity" for the country.

Again, his view sets him up for a clash with Mr Corbyn who is yet to say which side he would support, and has said that Labour must appeal to both Leave and Remain supporters.

The imminent Brexit, set for October 31, has deepened the United Kingdom political crisis since 52% of the population voted to exit the European Union in the 2016 referendum.

The latest row follows a series of clashes between the two men over Mr Corbyn's reluctance to embrace a second referendum and the party's handling of complaints of anti-Semitism.


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