UK opposition parties have agreed to rule out any chance of a general election before November, the Lib Dems confirm – a firm counter to Boris Johnson’s hope of revitalizing the notion on Monday.
Tom Brake, the Lib Dem Brexit spokesman, confirmed that he believes the opposition parties, including Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP and Plaid Cymru, have all agreed not to support an early election until November.
“We [the opposition parties] are not going to give the Prime Minister the election he is so desperate for until an extension has been secured and the risk of crashing out of the EU without a deal is completely eliminated,” Brake explained.
Opposition parties are pushing that a Brexit extension be secured, whether it results from the Hilary Benn bill, which is designed to rule out a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, or whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson heads to Brussels and secures that extension.
Boris Johnson, meanwhile, is expected to trigger an election again on Monday, after the no-deal bill goes through the motions and receives royal assent.
Mr. Johnson seeks an election to take place on 15 October, ahead of the Brussels summit on 17 and 18 October, and before the date in the new bill when he would have to ask for the extension - 19 October.
But opposition parties say the PM is trying to push through a no deal.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is holding out for an election on Labour’s own terms – most likely at a later date.
By holding back the election until after an extension to Brexit has been secured, Johnson will be prevented from repealing the legislation against no deal.
Mr. Johnson knows the majority of parliament is against his no deal policy. This is while experts say that the most-extreme form of Brexit ignores the harm it will bring to the UK’s economy, security and national standing.