Labour leader succumbs
December election now on as Corbyn finally buckles
Jeremy Corbyn: condition met
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today finally submitted to calls for a December general election after accepting that his condition for a No Deal Brexit was now off the agenda following the EU’s agreement to extend the deadline until 31 January.
A date is yet to be agreed, and MPs from the Tory, Labour and SNP benches are not united on the wisdom of an election with some still insisting that it should come after a second EU referendum.
There will also be a number of amendments, including calls for reducing the voting age to 16.
Former Chancellor Philip Hammond – who was expelled from the Conservative parliamentary Party after voting against a no-deal Brexit – said the idea of using “precious time” to hold an election, rather than passing the government’s Brexit bill, “frankly appals me”.
Mr Corbyn must now hold his party together with many opposed to an election as they believe it is heading for defeat.
Angus MacNeil, the SNP MP, said that his party was handing Prime Minister Boris Johnson an opportunity to run the country for another five years.
Mr Johnson will today make a fresh attempt to get the support of the Commons for a government bill calling for an election on 12 December, which requires only a simple majority of one to pass.
The SNP and Liberal Democrats want a 9 December poll, saying it would prevent the prime minister from pushing his Brexit deal through Parliament.
Mr Corbyn declared: “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.
“We have now heard from the EU that the extension of Article 50 to 31 January has been confirmed, so 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.”