Britain’s opposition Labour Party wants an election as soon as possible but the “sequencing” has to be right to ensure a no-deal Brexit was blocked first, the party’s top legal policy chief Shami Chakrabarti said on Tuesday.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will seek an election if lawmakers vote this week to take control of parliament in a bid to pass legislation to prevent Britain leaving the European Union without a deal.
“We’ve got to get a locked-in guarantee that Britain would not crash out of the EU in an election campaign period,” Chakrabarti told BBC radio.
“We’ve also got to try as best as possible to ensure that it wouldn’t be possible for the sitting squatting prime minister in this period to set a general election and then change the date. The priority this morning is preventing this no-deal crash out.
“Then of course if we get the sequencing right and we can get sufficient support across the house we live and breathe for a general election.”
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party wants his lawmakers to vote for an Oct. 14 election but with a “mechanism” attached to force an extension to Britain’s Brexit date from Halloween, The Sun’s political editor said on Tuesday.
The Labour Party is working with rebel Conservatives and other opposition parties to try to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask Brussels for a three-month Brexit delay. A government source has said Johnson will seek an election if they defeat the government.
“A senior Labour source close to Jeremy Corbyn tells me he still wants his MPs to vote for an October 14 general election tomorrow, but with a ‘mechanism’ attached to lock in an Article 50 extension to avoid No Deal,” the Sun’s Tom Newton Dunn said. “Is one actually possible?”