Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Jeremy Corbyn draws battle lines for a future election in fiery speech

Jeremy Corbyn draws battle lines for a future election in fiery speech

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said this Tuesday that he is ready for early general elections as proposed by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but that Labour would not allow Mr Johnson to dictate the terms, speaking at the annual Trade Union Congress (TUC), underway in the seaside town of Brighton, southern England.

After calling for a general election for two years, it is thought that the Labour leader would struggle to justify further votes against an early poll - particularly without the reason now being given, which is that Johnson could change the date of the election and have it take place after no deal.

But Mr Johnson later dismissed as a "load of nonsense" accusations that suspending Parliament is "anti-democratic", insisting it was necessary to prorogue before the Queen's Speech.

"We degrade this parliament at our peril", he warned lawmakers, to a sustained standing ovation from largely opposition MPs.

But the two parties now appear destined to go head to head with Mr Farage having said that he will stand candidates in every seat if he did not like Mr Johnson's approach to Brexit.

Mr Bercow described it as "not a standard or normal prorogation" during chaotic scenes in the Commons, and opposition MPs held up placards saying they had been "silenced".

"It's one of the longest for decades and it represents an act of executive fiat", he said.

Labour's manifesto will, however, promise to reach a better Brexit deal, but not then to campaign for accepting that deal.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits in the back of a car as he leaves parliament in London Monday Sept. 9 2019. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson voiced optimism Monday that a new Brexit deal can be reached so Britain leaves the European Uni

Sajid Javid, the chancellor of the exchequer, told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that Johnson will be heading to the next European Council meeting on 17 October with the aim of striking a deal, and will "absolutely not ask for an extension in that meeting". His options - all of them extreme - include disobeying the law, which could land him in court or even prison and resigning so that someone else would have to ask for a delay.

Wednesday will also mark a deadline set by MPs for the Government to publish communications connected to prorogation and no-deal Brexit planning.

The government is obliged to release the documents under parliamentary rules.

In a statement, the government said it would "consider the implications of this vote and respond in due course".

People walk past markings by protestors on the pavement opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. The Shadow Chancellor claimed that if Labour won power in a general election, Britons would be given the option of staying in the European club or leaving under a revised version of the deal Mrs May negotiated with the bloc and Parliament rejected three times.

In response, the premier called a snap election for early next month, but MPs refused to support him - and a second attempt later on Monday also looks doomed as it is opposed by opposition leaders.

Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the PCS union, said this was the "only common sense" position and the binary choice on offer in a referendum was a "huge gamble" which risked "perpetuating" existing political divisions.

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