JEREMY Corbyn has told Boris “let’s have an election” – but called for a No Deal to be taken off the table first.
The Labour leader used a keynote speech to take aim at Johnson, suggesting his unlawful suspension of Parliament made his word untrustworthy.
Speaking in Northamptonshire, he said: “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.”
Mr Corbyn also set out a plan to get Labour into power, make a deal with the EU and then held a referendum between that and Remain.
‘CHAMPING AT THE BIT’
In a clear challenge to Johnson, he said: “So it’s simple: obey the law, take No Deal off the table and then let’s have the election.
“We’re ready and champing at the bit.
“There’s only one reason it hasn’t happened yet – we can’t trust you.”
The rallying address comes after The Sun revealed last night that Corbyn would agree to back a new bid by Boris to dissolve Parliament and go to the polls if he tables a vote for it on October 21.
Tuesday November 26 if the PM would be the first date available in the Commons after a now likely Brexit delay would have been enforced with the talks in collapse.
Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, an election would then be held 25 full working days later.
The Labour boss is trying to regain the initiative over an imminent election to end Parliament’s deadlock on Brexit, having already refused Mr Johnson’s pleas for one twice last month.
No10 sources said the PM still wants to go to the country as soon as possible.
A cluttered Winter calendar also make it vital to have the poll before the end of November for the Tories to have their case fully heard.
The PM must host a NATO summit of world leaders in Watford for two days on December 3 and 4, and the party season run up to Christmas kicks in the following week.
But Mr Corbyn still faces a serious revolt to agreeing to a general election from Remainer Labour MPs, who want to hold a second Brexit referendum first.
Corbyn is also primed to lay out his alternative Queen’s Speech, which he’s called “the most radical of modern times”.
It includes a £10 an hour minimum wage, banning fracking and scrapping tuition fees, as well as pledges to end rough sleeping and free personal care and prescriptions.
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That could leave Mr Johnson and Mr Corbyn struggling to reach the two thirds majority of MPs needed to hold one under the 2011 Fixed Term Parliaments Act.
Tony Blair last night dubbed an election as “the wrong way to break the deadlock”.
Calling for a referendum instead, the former Labour PM added: “The right way to decide it is not on the general question of who governs but on the specific question of Brexit”.
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