EU agrees to Brexit delay

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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50175914

    EU ambassadors have agreed to delay Brexit, but will not make a decision on a new deadline date until next week.

    The European Commission said work on this would "continue in the coming days".

    The talks came after Chancellor Sajid Javid admitted the government's deadline to deliver Brexit next Thursday "can't be met".

    Boris Johnson said he was waiting for the EU to decide "what they want to do".

    MPs are expected on Monday to consider the prime minister's call for an early general election.


    Mr Johnson says he wants to hold one on 12 December, if the EU offers a Brexit delay until 31 January.

    But the chances of enough MPs backing the motion - which requires the support of two-thirds of the House of Commons - appear uncertain, with Labour not committing to how it plans to vote.

    Leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was only prepared to agree to an election once the PM had completely ruled out "to my satisfaction" the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

    "My position is we've got to get no-deal taken off the table first," he told ITV's This Morning programme.

    "Providing the prime minister comes to Parliament on Monday and makes it absolutely clear he is going to make sure that there is no crash out - because his deal includes the possibility of a no-deal exit... if he comes on Monday and says that, then OK," he added.

    Mr Johnson has said his "preferred option" is a short Brexit postponement to "say to 15 or 30 November".

    Following the Brussels meeting, he again urged Mr Corbyn to vote for a snap poll, calling on him to "man up" and agree to his election proposal.

    "Nobody will believe that the Labour Party is really going to allow Brexit to happen unless there is a deadline of an election on 12 December," he said.

    On Thursday, the government had appeared to threaten a halt to all but essential Commons business if Parliament refused to vote for an election.

    However, on Friday a Downing Street spokesperson said that this would only apply to Brexit legislation, and that otherwise the prime minister would continue pursuing his "dynamic and ambitious" domestic agenda "with full vigour" even if MPs do not vote for an election.
     
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    I'm not in favour of Brexit at all, but this really is a shambles.
     
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