Anne Main calls on Opposition MPs to back a General Election if they want an extension to the Brexit deadline

9th September 2019
Anne Main calls on Opposition MPs to back a General Election if they want an extension to the Brexit deadline as that is one of the special circumstances in which the EU would decide to give an extension.

Will my hon. Friend confirm that one of the special circumstances in which the European Union would decide to give an extension is if there is an election? If the Opposition were to vote for an election tonight—we might then have, if they are confident, a new Prime Minister—that would guarantee an extension. What has been done today, however, does not guarantee an extension.

I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend, and it may well be that tonight the Leader of the Opposition will see the wisdom of her words and the Opposition will vote for a general election. I did a bit of research, and it is interesting that in this House, the Leader of the Opposition has called for a general election 35 times. It seems somewhat surprising that tonight, he is going to show support for the Government by not voting for a general election.

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