As sign of cracks emerge...

SNP and LibDems call for 9 December general election

Ian Blackford

Ian Blackford: ‘We will not be bullied’ (pic: Terry Murden)

The Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party have joined forces to call for a 9 December election.

They will work together to back a bill amending the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act and secure a general election on that date once an extension to the Brexit deadline to at least the end of January 2020 has been secured.

In a joint letter they have asked EU Council President Donald Tusk to grant a three-month extension of the date for Brexit.

However, there were signs of a split in the SNP ranks over the merits of an early election.Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil tweeted: “I am not getting bounced in to this… Thursday it was “madness” to have a winter election. Any election now will be a Proxy Brexit referendum and Hard Brexit could be won in 6 weeks on only 35% to 40% of the vote.”

The Labour Party is awaiting the European Union’s decision on a Brexit delay before deciding whether to back Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid for an early election, the party’s health spokesman said.

Jon Ashworth told Sky News Labour would consider its support for an early election if the EU approved an extension to the Brexit process until the end of January.

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