The ambassadors of the European Union have agreed to delay Brexit. The Chancellor, Sajid Javid, admitted that the government will not be able to meet the October 31 deadline.
An extension on Brexit has been agreed by the EU – but is not known for how long.
A decision is expected early next week before Britain is set to leave the EU.
MPs are expected to discuss on Monday in order to push for a general election before Christmas.
Boris Johnson will require two-thirds of the MPs vote – 434 – for a general election to happen, a legal requirement under the Fixed-term parliament act.
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn will only consider an election if a no-deal Brexit is ruled out.
Mr Corbyn told, “We’ve got to get no deal taken off the table first.” Requesting that the prime minister “makes it absolutely clear he is going to make sure that there is no crash out.”
Mr Johnson is searching for a short postponement, till around “15 or 30 November”.
Due to the Benn Act, the PM was obliged to send a letter to the EU requesting a delay until 31 January 2020.
The opposition will urge its MPs not to vote in favour of a general election to take place on December 12 until they know the full conditions of the Brexit extension. However, the EU is believed to be delaying their decision until they see how parliament votes on Monday.
Words: Daniel Branston
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