Jeremy Corbyn will agree to back a new bid from Boris Johnson to dissolve Parliament and send the British people to the polls if he tables a vote for it in the House of Commons on October 21, The Sun has reported. This would come three days after a crunch summit in Brussels where the Prime Minister will find out the UK’s fate on Brexit from EU leaders. The October 21 date is the first available in the Commons, with a new Brexit delay until at least January 30 likely to be enforced with a serious threat hanging over current talks between the two sides.
Any general election would then have to be held 25 full working days later under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.
Mr Corbyn has already rejected two motions tabled by the Prime Minister to hold a snap general election, despite repeated calls for one since Mr Johnson came into power in July.
He has insisted he wants a no deal Brexit taken off the table first before agreeing to a snap vote.
But in a speech in Northampton later today, he will say: “It’s simple: obey the law, take No Deal off the table and then let’s have the election.
Brexit news: Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson could soon clash in a general election (Image: PA / GETTY)
Brexit news: Boris Johnson has twice had motions for an early general election rejected (Image: GETTY)
“We’re ready and champing at the bit. There’s only one reason it hasn’t happened yet – we can’t trust you.”
Downing Street sources claim the Prime Minister still wants to hold a general election as soon as possible, according to The Sun.
If a general election was to be held on November 26, it would add to an already increasing cluttered Winter calendar running up until the end of next month.
The Prime Minister is also hosting a NATO summit of world leaders in Watford on December 3 and 4, and the party season run up to Christmas kicks in the following week.
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But Mr Corbyn faces a potential general election revolt from within Labour by Remainer MPs who are adamant a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU should be held first.