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Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:25 - Updated Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:25

Johnson threatens to scrap Brexit bill and seek election before Christmas

Boris Johnson says he will withdraw Brexit bill if MPs reject government's timetable - video Boris Johnson has threatened to pull the Brexit legislation and seek an election before Christmas if MPs vote to stop him rushing it through the House of Commons in three days.

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Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, the prime minister said a vote against his timetable would delay Brexit for three months if the EU  decided to grant the extension.

“I will in no way allow months more of this. If parliament refuses to allow Brexit to happen and instead gets its way and decides to delay everything until January or possibly longer, in no circumstances can the government continue with this. And with great regret, I must say the bill will have to be pulled and we will have to go forward to a general election,” he said.

A No 10 source highlighted the key caveat that the bill would be pulled only if the EU grants a three-month extension – the length of delay requested under the Benn act. It raises the possibility that Johnson could accept a shorter extension if one were to be offered by the EU. TheGuardian

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