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Labour poised to unite with opposition against Johnson's second snap election bid

LABOUR MPs are poised to unite with other opposition parties tonight to vote against Boris Johnson’s second bid for an early general election, seeking to avoid the “nightmare” of a no-deal Brexit on October 31.

Several MPs have told the Star about their intentions and described the febrile mood in the Commons hours before the Prime Minister suspended Parliament for the next five weeks.

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon told the Star that his party hopes to usher in a “radical Labour government that serves the interests of our class just as much as Trump and Johnson serve theirs.”

But this will only happen once the “threat of no-deal Brexit disaster capitalism is off the table,” he added.

Also speaking to the Star, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott insisted it was “right” to delay a general election for a matter of weeks.

She said a “cabal” surrounding the PM wanted an earlier general election, as the Tories expect to fare better in one held before the end of October than afterwards.

Brighton Kemptown Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle echoed Ms Abbott’s concerns, saying that the party would “not fall for this cheap trick cooked up by the liar Johnson and his right-hand charlatan [Dominic] Cummings.”

He said the PM could not be trusted to not switch the election date from before the October 31 Brexit deadline to after.

Meanwhile, Kensington Labour MP Emma Dent Coad told the Star that she would reject the PM’s motion, in order to ensure a three-month extension to Article 50 and more time for negotiations, but would support an election and another referendum later. 

“Leaving the EU at Halloween without a written agreement will be the beginning of the nightmare, not the end of it,” she said.

“There is no such thing as a clean exit. This will undoubtedly be a dirty Brexit.

“I cannot stand by and allow our economy, our future and our national reputation to be trashed by the PM’s hubris.”

A cross-party group of MPs had met earlier in the day in Jeremy Corbyn’s office, where they agreed not to support Mr Johnson’s “ploy.”

Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts even called for the PM to be impeached if he refuses to ask Brussels for an extension to Article 50 — a course of action which would now be illegal after legislation barring a no-deal Brexit received royal assent this evening.

Mr Johnson’s demand for a snap election is widely expected to fail to win support from the required two-thirds of the Commons, 434 MPs, the same motion having already failed to do so last week.

And in a day of drama at Westminster, Commons Speaker John Bercow made a shock announcement that he will step down from both that post and as a Tory MP by October 31.

Shortly before Mr Bercow’s announcement, Tory MP Mark Prisk also said he would quit at the next election.

The former minister, who voted Remain in 2016 and backed Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement, denied that his resignation was a response to Brexit.

However, he criticised what he called “the rise of narrow ideology over pragmatic common sense” in government.

The latest resignations follow the PM’s own brother Jo Johnson quitting as MP and minister last week over his elder sibling’s actions on Brexit.


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