The Guardian reports:
Jeremy Corbyn has announced that Labour is ready to back a general election now that the EU has granted a three-month Brexit delay, making a pre-Christmas poll all but certain. With the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National party preparing to support a one-line bill tabled by Boris Johnson’s government later on Tuesday, triggering an early poll, Corbyn said his party would also support it.
The Labour leader told the shadow cabinet: “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.”
No Deal is now off the table so tonight Labour will back a General Election.
We’re launching the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen.
This is a once in a generation chance to build a country for the many, not the few.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 29, 2019
“We’ll be supporting a general election, because we want to get Boris Johnson out by Christmas”
Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon confirms Labour is now backing an early election, saying their condition of taking no-deal off the table has been methttps://t.co/k11YwNDaAX pic.twitter.com/E83sUOfcs7
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 29, 2019
BREAKING: The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party has told fellow lawmakers that he’ll back an early election now that the prospect the country could crash out of the European Union without a deal has been taken off the table. https://t.co/TQnX4soA4l
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 29, 2019