LONDON - (Labour Buzz) Speaking at a event in Northampton earlier in the week, Jeremy Corbyn said he was “champing at the bit” for a general election. Determined to oust Boris Johnson from Number 10, the Leader of the Labour Party is touring the nation in a pre-election campaign to build support for Labour.
Jeremy Corbyn has hinted he would support a general election in November if a no-deal Brexit is avoided on October 31. Since becoming Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has proposed an early election, but it was rejected by the House of Commons. Mr Johnson has won none of his parliamentary votes since becoming the prime minister. A record.
Labour is determined to prevent a no-deal Brexit and to ensure the British people have a final say on any future relationship with the European Union. In his speech, Corbyn said, “"After an election, a Labour government would introduce legislation to ensure a referendum takes place."
Continuing: "the second referendum is what we propose under a Labour government, when it's been elected, which would be not a choice between a no-deal cliff edge but between an intelligent arrangement with the European Union and Remain so that people would have a choice.
"Our absolute priority - and that's why I've been talking to other opposition parties - is to make sure that no-deal is taken off the table and an extension of membership is attained."
Parliament is expected to be recalled on October 19, a Saturday, for the first time since the Falklands War. It is expected that if no deal is concluded at this point, various options will be put to the Commons for debate, including a proposition for another EU referendum and a no confidence vote in the current prime minister.
The Benn Act means that in the event of no-deal being reached, the prime minister will have to write to Brussels to seek an extension. The PM has said he will not seek an extension and that the United Kingdom will leave the EU on October 31, “do or die”.
Included in Corbyn’s speech, the Labour Leader re-enforced Labour’s commitment to increase the minimum wage to £10 per hour and to ditch Universal Credit. As well as bringing into public ownership the utilities including water, rail, Royal Mail and the National Grid.
A Labour government will also ban fracking and build one million new affordable homes over the next ten years. A group of other policy announcements included the ending of prescription charges in the NHS and scrapping tuition fees.
Speaking directly to the Prime Minister, Jeremy Corbyn said, “It wasn’t long ago that Johnson was pretending not to want an election. Now he is pretending that it’s Labour that doesn’t want one.
“So, let me address this directly: Prime Minister, we can’t trust you not to break the law because you’ve got form.
“We can’t trust you not to use the period of an election campaign to drive our country off a no-deal cliff edge that will crash our economy destroy jobs and industries, cause shortages of medicine and food and endanger peace in Northern Ireland.
“So, it’s simple: obey the law, take no-deal off the table and then let’s have an election. We’re ready and champing at the bit. There’s only one reason it hasn’t happened yet – we can’t trust you.”
Labour is determined that the general election will be about the type of country Britain should become, not what the Tories have made it.
On Monday, there will be a Queen's Speech as Parliament is reopened. Jeremy Corbyn claimed it was a “cynical stunt,” and accused the Prime Minister of “using the Queen to deliver a pre-election party political broadcast.”
(Written by Brendan Chilton, edited by Michael O'Sullivan)