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UK: Johnson calls for snap election, reiterates plan to leave EU in October

United Kingdom, London
September 04, 2019 at 20:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for an early election to be held on October 15 and reiterated his commitment to leave the European Union on October 31, during a speech in Parliament on Wednesday, despite the House of Commons approving a bill blocking a no-deal Brexit.

"If I am still a prime minister after Tuesday, the 15th of October, then we will leave on the 31st of October with, I hope, a much better deal," Johnson said.

The House approved a bill which would force Johnson to seek an extension of Brexit beyond the October deadline, to which the PM said, "I refuse to do this." The bill still needs to pass through the House of Lords before it becomes law.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the Conservatives of attempting to filibuster the bill in the House of Lords, which could delay it until after the election.

"We want an election so we look forward to turfing this government out," Corbyn said, though he compared the offer of an early election to an offer of an apple to Snow White. "Because what he's offering is not an apple or even an election but the poison of a no-deal," stressed Corbyn.

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for an early election to be held on October 15 and reiterated his commitment to leave the European Union on October 31, during a speech in Parliament on Wednesday, despite the House of Commons approving a bill blocking a no-deal Brexit.

"If I am still a prime minister after Tuesday, the 15th of October, then we will leave on the 31st of October with, I hope, a much better deal," Johnson said.

The House approved a bill which would force Johnson to seek an extension of Brexit beyond the October deadline, to which the PM said, "I refuse to do this." The bill still needs to pass through the House of Lords before it becomes law.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the Conservatives of attempting to filibuster the bill in the House of Lords, which could delay it until after the election.

"We want an election so we look forward to turfing this government out," Corbyn said, though he compared the offer of an early election to an offer of an apple to Snow White. "Because what he's offering is not an apple or even an election but the poison of a no-deal," stressed Corbyn.

NEWS USE ONLY. STRICTLY NOT TO BE USED IN ANY COMEDY/SATIRICAL PROGRAMMING OR FOR ADVERTISING PURPOSES. ONLINE USE PERMITTED.

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