Published On: Mon, Sep 2nd, 2019

Brexit news: ‘You don’t want an election!’ McDonnell grilled by Sky host over poll slump | UK | News

The Shadow Chancellor was grilled by a Sky host who insisted Labour “don’t want an election” because they are 11 points behind the Conservatives. However, Mr McDonnell insisted they “drew” with the Conservatives in the last snap election. He added the Labour Party are continuing to oppose no deal despite Mr Johnson said the UK will leave the EU with or without a deal on October 31.

Mr McDonnell said: “Let me just say, a message to Boris Johnson: A general election? Bring it on.

“At the last general election we were 24 points behind and we virtually drew level with the Conservatives.

“If he wants to bring a general election, bring it about.

“But what we’re saying this week actually, the more important thing is not about party advantage or anything like that.

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“It’s actually about making sure we secure the basis of our democracy, parliamentary sovereignty.

“But also it’s a matter of ensuring that for us or many of us it’s about blocking no deal.

“No deal under the Government’s own assessments can be catastrophic for our economy, our jobs and our living standards.

“So of course we’re going to oppose a measure like that.”

Mr Blair said: “Brexit has gone beyond a joke. There has never been a more important moment for politicians to put country before tribe and national interest before self-interest.

“I know it’s counterintuitive for opposition parties to oppose an election but in this exceptional case it is vital they do so as a matter of principle until Brexit is resolved.

“Brexit is an issue which stands on its own, was originally decided on its own and should be reconsidered on its own.

“The Brexiteers are laying a trap to seem as if pushed into an election while actively preparing for one and they do this because they know there are two issues in British politics. One is Brexit and the other is the Corbyn leadership.”

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