Published On: Wed, Sep 25th, 2019

Brexit news: Corbyn refuses to call early election at Labour conference | UK | News

Speaking at the Labour Party conference on Tuesday, Mr Corbyn told activists that he will not try to topple Mr Johnson from Government. The Opposition leader insisted that a no deal Brexit must be ruled out before any general election is called.

Following his announcement, Mr Corbyn was attacked for blocking a potential election which could finally solve the current Brexit predicament.

Responding to Mr Corbyn’s comments, Tory chairman, James Cleverly said: “Corbyn has repeatedly blocked the country having its say in an election because he doesn’t trust the people and won’t deliver the change they voted for.”

Earlier this month, MPs passed a law that forces the Prime Minister to seek an extension to Brexit at the EU summit next month if he fails to find an alternative agreement by October 31.

However, despite that bill being passed, Mr Corbyn has repeatedly refused to call an election until after the EU summit.

Speaking at the conference, Mr Corbyn said: “This crisis can only be settled with a general election.

“That election needs to take place as soon as this government’s threat of a disastrous No Deal is taken off the table.

“That condition is what MPs passed into law before Boris Johnson illegally closed down parliament. It’s a protection that’s clearly essential.”

Mr Corbyn’s announcement comes as the Labour party also announced its neutral position on Brexit.

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Criticising Mr Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament, the Labour leader launched a bitter tirade on the Prime Minister.

Mr Corbyn said: “This is an extraordinary and precarious moment in our country’s history.

“The Prime Minister has been found to have acted illegally when he tried to shut down parliament.

“The highest court in the land has found that Boris Johnson broke the law when he tried to shut down democratic accountability at a crucial moment for our public life.”

Although Mr Corbyn used the news to attack Mr Johnson, the labour leader himself faced controversy earlier during the conference.

On Friday, members within the party had tried to oust deputy leader of the party, Tom Watson.

The move was launched by the leader of the pro-Corbyn Momentum group, Jon Lansman.

Before his proposed speech was cancelled on Tuesday, Mr Watson was scheduled to try and urge the party to move on.

Mr Watson had planned to urge party members not to “turn in on ourselves”.

With Mr Johnson under pressure, he had also planned to insist that the crisis was a “gift to the Tories”.

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