Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2019

Brexit LIVE: Corbyn agrees secret pact with Sturgeon to guarantee No Deal Brexit is dead | Politics | News

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn held a secret meeting with SNP’s Ian Blackford, the Scottish nationalists’ Westminster leader, to agree an electoral pact. The pair agreed to only support an early general election after Britain has secured another extension from the EU. The Labour and SNP chiefs agreed to back an election on October 20 at the earliest, although Mr Corbyn’s advisers have told him to go for November.

But Boris Johnson is expected to table a second attempt at passing a motion for a snap general election on Monday, after Wednesday’s spectacular defeat.

The Prime Minister was defeated by 298 to 56 – 136 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to trigger an election under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.

This was Mr Johnson’s third defeat in the Commons, after Tory rebels defied the whip to back a Bill aimed at preventing a no deal Brexit.

The rebels then backed an amendment to force the Prime Minister to seek an extension to Article 50 if a Brexit deal has not been agreed.

Such a move will be in defiance of the Prime Minister’s “do or die” Brexit strategy where he has repeatedly vowed to pull the UK from the EU on October 31 “come what may”.

As part of his firm Brexit strategy, Mr Johnson has also ruled out seeking an extension to Article 50 and yesterday he said he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than ask the EU to delay Brexit a second time.


8.16am update: Corbyn to hold meeeting with opposition leaders this morning

Jeremy Corbyn will host a meeting with opposition leaders this morning to discuss how to prevent a no deal Brexit. 

They are also expected to discuss their approach to the Government’s latest bid to trigger a general election.

8.10am update: Sir Michael Fallon hits out at Boris Johnson’s decision to sack Tory rebels

Former Tory defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon, who announced yesterday he would be standing down at the next general election, has hit out at Boris Johnson’s decision to sack 21 Tory rebels who defied the whip in a crunch vote on Tuesday night.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: “I would hope there would be some kind of appeal mechanism that they can find now so they get the chance to state their case.

“I also worry that it sends the wrong message to remainers – particularly in my party.

“I think, by definition, some five million Conservatives must have voted remain and we have got to be very careful not to drive them into the hands of remainer parties like the Liberal Democrats in England or the Scottish nationalists in Scotland.”

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