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Labour to back early general election for December after No Deal conditions met

Tuesday October 29th 2019 at 11:18 AM

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says the party will back an early general election because their “condition of taking No Deal off the table has now been met”.

He told his shadow cabinet this morning: “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 January 31 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.”

The move means we’re on course for a December election, the first since 1923.

MPs will vote tonight on a bill proposed by the Prime Minister to hold the vote on the 12th – the SNP and Lib Dems will table a joint amendment calling for the election to be brought forward to the 9th. 

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, who has campaigned for a People’s Vote, has hit out at Mr Corbyn’s decision, saying an election won’t solve Brexit.

She tweeted: “Hugely disappointing if true.

“Why give Johnson exactly what he wants? Election – esp under First Past the Post – won’t resolve Brexit.

“Many examples of majority Govt being returned on minority vote – real risk that the majority in favour of #PeoplesVote won’t have voices heard.”

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