Tuesday 3 September 2019 / 10:40 PM Jeremy Corbyn

Labour will support general election as soon as the Bill to stop No Deal becomes law

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tonight told MPs that Labour will support a motion for a general election as soon as the Bill to stop No Deal becomes law

Speaking after the government’s defeat in tonight’s emergency debate motion to remove the threat of crashing out, the Labour leader said if the Prime Minister tables a motion for a general election, the party would support it, but only once this Bill removed the threat of a disastrous No Deal.

The Bill to stop a No Deal Brexit next month is expected to pass into law by Friday night.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, leader of the Labour Party, said:

“On a point of order, Mr Speaker:

“I welcome tonight’s vote. We live in a parliamentary democracy, we do not have a presidency but a Prime Minister.

“Prime Ministers govern with the consent of the House of Commons, representing the people in whom the sovereignty rests.

“There is no consent in this House to leave the European Union without a deal. There is no majority for no deal in the country.

“As I have said before: if the Prime Minister has confidence in his Brexit policy – when he has one he can put forward – he should put it before the people in a public vote.

“And so, he wants to table a motion for a General Election, fine get the bill through first in order to take No Deal off the table.”