Boris Johnson will push for a general election if the EU grants another Brexit delay

Mail Online | 1/31/2020 | James Tapsfield, Mailonline Political Editor;Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
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Boris Johnson will push for a general election if the EU follows Donald Tusk's advice to grant another Brexit delay, a No. 10 source revealed last night after MPs rejected the Prime Minister's three-day timetable for his Brexit bill.

MPs handed the fate of Brexit back to the EU after they first supported Mr Johnson's deal but then voted against his plan to crash it through the House of Commons before the weekend.

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With the PM forced to pause his efforts, Mr Tusk announced that he would urge the 27 EU member states to give Britain more time, expected to run to January 31.

In which case, a No. 10 source confirmed Mr Johnson would press for the ballot option, saying: 'Parliament and Corbyn have repeatedly voted for delay. On Saturday Parliament asked for a delay until January and today Parliament blew its last chance. If Parliament's delay is agreed by Brussels, then the only way the country can move on is with an election. This Parliament is broken.'

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It comes amid a report that Mr Corbyn last week urged a group of his MPs they 'cannot afford to turn down another election request,' an insider told The Sun.

The ball is now in the EU's court and the scheduled debate on the Brexit Withdrawal Bill will be scrapped for Wednesday afternoon, though time is still allotted for the usual Prime Minister's Questions.

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Mr Tusk tweeted: 'Following PM Boris Johnson's decision to pause the process of ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, and in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit, I will recommend the EU27 accept the UK request for an extension. For this I will propose a written procedure.'

Mr Tusk's tweet suggested that he will recommend accepting the proposed delay set out by the UK in a letter submitted to...
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