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Corbyn welcomes election talk

Global News Briefs 04 Sep, 2019 Follow News

Corbyn welcomes election talk

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says the UK "needs" a general election, despite warnings from Tony Blair that it could prove a "trap" for Labour. The prospect of a general election looks likely, probably on Oct. 14.


Mr Corbyn said his "priority" was to work towards blocking a no-deal Brexit, with an election afterwards.


But Mr Blair warned Labour could "struggle" at any poll held before the Brexit issue was "resolved".


The ex-PM said some voters "may fear a Corbyn premiership more" than a no-deal scenario.


At a speech in Salford, Mr Corbyn said an election was the "democratic way forward" and "would give the people a choice between two very different directions".


“Live discussions" are going on in No 10 about asking Parliament to approve a snap poll if MPs wanting to block a no-deal Brexit defeat the government this week.


Under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson could call a general election if two-thirds of MPs vote for one.


One could also be held if a motion of no confidence was passed and no alternative government was confirmed within 14 days. Mr Johnson has said he wants the UK to leave the EU on Oct. 31, with or without a deal.


However, many MPs from his own party, as well as the opposition, are against a no-deal Brexit and are expected to bring forward legislation to try to block such a move.

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