The Latest: UK Labour chief: “We’re going out there to win”
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on British politics and Britain’s impending departure from the European Union (all times local):
U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says “we’re going out there to win” in the early election that Britain is now likely to hold in December.
Corbyn told cheering supporters that main opposition Labour Party had dropped its opposition to an early election after the European Union had granted a three-month delay to Britain’s departure from the bloc. Britain is now scheduled to leave the EU on Jan. 31.
He says Tuesday that “we’re now going to be out on the streets for about six weeks and I’ve just had a weather forecast, and it’s going to be good weather.”
However, the election and its exact date hinges on votes being held later Tuesday in Parliament, which may come up with another date all together. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservatives want to have an election on Dec. 12.
UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says “we’re going out there to win” in the early election now likely to take place in December.
The opposition party leader told fellow lawmakers Tuesday that he’ll back an early election for Britain now that the prospect of crashing out of the European Union without a deal has been taken off the table.
Corbyn’s move all but guarantees that the country will face its first December election since 1923.
He spoke only hours before British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was set to once again ask lawmakers to approve an early election, saying voters must have the chance to break the Brexit deadlock in Parliament.
In an effort to blunt opposition to an early vote, the government said Monday it would delay further consideration of the EU divorce deal until after the election. The government wants a Dec. 12 election.
The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party has told fellow lawmakers that he’ll back an early election now that the prospect that the country could crash out of the European Union without a deal has been taken off the table.
Jeremy Corbyn’s remarks Tuesday come only hours before Conservative British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was set to once again ask lawmakers to approve an early election — on Dec. 12 — saying voters must have the chance to break the Brexit deadlock in Parliament.
Corbyn’s comments come as other opposition parties, the Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party, had proposed an even earlier election date of Dec. 9 in hopes that there wouldn’t be enough time for Johnson’s government to push through its Brexit bill before Parliament is suspended ahead of the election.
They did not want Johnson to campaign on his crowning achievement of having gotten the country out of the 28-nation bloc.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is asking Parliament — for a fourth time — to approve an early election after lawmakers rejected his latest bid to secure a vote in hope of breaking the agonizing political deadlock over Brexit.
Legislators are being asked to vote Tuesday on a short bill calling an election on Dec. 12. The legislation requires a simple majority to be passed.
An earlier proposal was made under a different procedure that required a two-thirds majority in the House of Commons. It failed to hit that mark Monday — Johnson’s third such defeat.
To win support from opposition parties, Johnson shelved his contentious EU withdrawal agreement until after the election.
Opposition parties have not said whether they will back the election call.
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