Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2019

Brexit LATEST: Farage warns voters Labour betrayed the North – offers hope to Brexiteers | Politics | News

Mr Johnson’s snap general election plan was roundly rejected after his bid to keep a no deal Brexit on the table suffered another major blow. The Government failed to secure the support of two-thirds of MPs, with the Commons voting 298 to 55, 136 short of the number needed.

The chaos engulfing Westminster has been seized upon by Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage who condemned Jeremy Corby for refusing to back an October 15 election while the risk of a no deal departure from the EU remains.

Mr Farage, who last night addressed supporters in Doncaster, South Yorks, tweeted: “Labour have betrayed the North. Only The Brexit Party can win in their former heartlands.”

But Jeremy Corbyn insisted the new Brexit Bill must receive Royal Assent before he will entertain the thought of heading to the polls.

He said: “Let the Bill pass and have Royal Assent and then we can have a general election.”

Mr Johnson accused Mr Corbyn of being “the first Leader of the Opposition in the democratic history of our country to refuse the invitation to an election”.

The Prime Minister had called for a poll to be held on October 15 after legislation designed to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU on October 31 cleared the Commons.


7.30am update: MP condemns purge of Tory rebels

Shockwaves from Boris Johnson’s decision to remove the whip from 21 Tory rebels are still reverberating through the party with one MP calling for an urgent rethink.

North Dorset MP Simon Hoare tweeted: “There’s deep disquiet across the party at the handling of this issue of the whip.

“We can’t win unless our base is broad and representative of all strands of opinion. No 10 needs to rethink and fast.

“I think we are better being like Churchill and NOT Stalin.”

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