Published On: Thu, Sep 5th, 2019

Brexit news: Jeremy Corbyn told by EU only way to have delay is general election | UK | News

Former MEP Elmar Brok, now an adviser to the European Commission, told Sky News the Brussels bloc may only agree to a delay to the negotiations past October 31 on the condition Britons go back to the polls for a general election or a second referendum. Mr Brok claimed MPs’ attempts to stop a no deal Brexit scenario in Parliament on Wednesday night was no news to the EU negotiations who have been witnessing the same chaos coming from the Commons over the past year. 

He said: “There must be some change. We’ve seen this whole situation in the House of Commons for nearly one year, since November last year.

“There’s no change.

“If there is a new election or if there is a referendum, for example, promised, I think then we would give an extension.”

MPs’ decision to vote in favour of a bill that could force the Prime Minister to ask for an extension to the Article 50 process may, therefore, backfire if Parliament does not reach a majority for either a general election or a referendum. 

Following his second defeat in Parliament, Boris Johnson tabled a motion to call for a snap election to be held on October 15 which was scuppered by Labour MPs who abstained in the vote.

Now, Jeremy Corbyn might be forced to agree to a general election if he wants to succeed in his quest to stop the Prime Minister from taking the UK out of the EU without a deal after all. 

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, the Prime Minister accused the Labour leader of being in “breach” of his job description. 

He said: “My intention as I said just now is that, and I’m absolutely determined to do this, is to deliver on the mandate of the people.

“We have a democracy in this country.

“And the way we work is that when the people take a decision, Paralmentarians are sworn to uphold that decision.

“And that’s what we all say we would do several times in the House of Commons, to respect the result of the 2016 referendum.

“People voted by a very substantial majority to leave. We all said we would do it and that is what I want to do.

“I think there is a stark contrast between my approach and – I hate to be party political but that is the sad reality – the approach of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

“At the moment, not only are they voting to make it impossible for this country to decide on its own term to leave the EU.

“But they are also making it impossible for the people of this country to have an election.

“It must be the first leader of the opposition in history to refuse to have an election.

“In fact to me, it seems to be a breach of his job description.”

On a Brexit extension, the Prime Minister claimed he would “rather be dead in a ditch than ask for a delay”. 

He added: “It costs £1billion a month to remain in the EU beyond October 31. It achieves absolutely nothing. 

“What on earth is the point in further delay? It is totally pointless.”

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