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Protesters in Bedford Square on Friday – they also protested outside MP Geoffrey Cox’s constituency office in Paddons Row Protesters in Bedford Square on Friday – they also protested outside MP Geoffrey Cox’s constituency office in Paddons Row
Bennie Garza | 06 September, 2019, 07:08

A bemused Jeremy Corbyn was presented with a "big girl's blouse" as he left his home on Thursday morning after remarks by Boris Johnson.

"Jeremy Corbyn has said that if you give the bill Royal Assent, we will vote for an election".

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn compared Mr Johnson's offer of an election as being like an offer of an apple to Snow White from the Wicked Queen - accompanied by the poison of a no-deal.

On Tuesday night MPs wrested control of the House of Commons from the government and yesterday passed a bill in the Commons to delay the UK's exit from the European Union in the event no deal can be reached by October 31.

Boris Johnson's push for a snap general election was rejected by MPs last night.

He also acknowledged there were splits in the party about the timing of a general election, saying that the leadership was in contact with legal experts and other opposition parties about what to do.

Wales has been told there is growing opposition to an October election among Welsh Labour MPs.

The government failed to secure the support of two-thirds of MPs, with the Commons voting 298 to 56 - 136 short of the number needed.

He added: "I think the key thing is that the date of the general election is set in a way that does not allow this prime minister any leeway whatsoever to subvert the decision of Parliament".

In a speech later, Mr. Johnson will again attack what he calls "the surrender bill" for paving the way for more "dither and delay". "They're very unhappy with Jeremy Corbyn about this, but if he decides to back this, it's going to a battle of wills and the only thing that can stop an early election at the moment is a revolt on the Labour benches".

But Labour, the SNP and the Liberal Democrats have said they will not vote in favour.

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