Brexit LIVE: EU leaders FURIOUS with Macron for blocking delay - ‘France has a problem!’

It comes after SNP party leader Nicola Sturgeon and Westminster leader Ian Blackford reportedly pleaded with Mr Corbyn to back a snap vote after Prime Minister Boris Johnson threw down the gauntlet for an election on December 12. Mr Johnson challenged MPs to back his call for a December election in return for more time to scrutinise his Brexit deal. The Prime Minister has offered parliamentarians until November 6 to debate and vote on his Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

It is understood the SNP, who have 35 MPs in the House of Commons, want to get the chance to topple Mr Johnson from Number 10 but will not back an election without the support of Labour.

Following the meeting in Westminster, a Labour MP told The Sun: “Nicola Sturgeon and Ian Blackford saw Jeremy and asked for his support to jump with them.

“I don’t believe he gave them an answer.”

Mr Corbyn has reiterated the Labour Party would continue to object an election until the threat of a no deal Brexit is removed.

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Brexit news: Boris Johnson has proposed a general election for December 12 (Image: GETTY)

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Brexit news: Boris Johnson needs two-thirds of MPs to back a general election (Image: GETTY)

Mr Corbyn said: ”Take no-deal off the table and we absolutely support a general election.”

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has insisted he is ready for an election “whenever it comes”.

Mr McDonnel said: “It’s a bit cold. Anything can happen. I can’t predict it to be honest. But I’ve ordered a winter coat.

READ MORE: France could leave UK on brink of no-deal Brexit over election chaos

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Brexit news: Jeremy Corbyn has refused to back a general election (Image: PA)

“My preference is to get an agreement in which we can consider the null properly.

“But I am always up for an election whenever it comes, and as I say I have got my winter coat ready.”

Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act the Government would need a two-third majority in parliament for an election to be triggered.

Meanwhile the Government is awaiting an announcement from the European Union on the length of the delay to Brexit.

However the proposed timetable put forward by Mr Johnson for a December election could potentially delay any decision from Brussels.

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Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)

7.53pm update: Ms Foster continues

I've heard a lot of analogies to buses over the past period of time.

"But I think the very clear piece to remember is that we are very much still in play, very much still have influence as you see from the votes last Saturday and Tuesday of this week (when the Commons held crucial votes on Brexit) so we will continue to stand up for Northern Ireland.

"We do believe in Brexit, we've always believed in leaving the institution of the European Union for a variety of reasons, not least the sovereignty reason, the fact that we believe it is up to Westminster to make the laws for the whole of the United Kingdom and not faceless bureaucrats in Europe.

"So we believe in Brexit but we also believe in the Union, very much so, and it's always the Union first and I make no apology for that."

7.25pm update: Arle Foster places faith in Brexit after the Union

The DUP leader told Sky News that she always believed in Brexit but that it cannot split the United Kingdom. 

Moreover, she also stated that last week's votes had proved that her party "still has influence". 

5.13pm update: Leo Varadkar praises Boris Johnson

The Taoiseach spoke of how amicable the recent talks had been with Mr Johnson. 

Mr Varadkar labelled the Prime Minister as "personable, intelligent, and witty".

He also added: "You can talk to him about stuff, you know. Some politicians are really hard to talk to.

“He’s a little bit eccentric, a little bit alternative.”

4.42pm update: Tony Blair admits he will "struggle" to back his old party in an election

Speaking to talkRADIO, the former Prime Minister admitted that it will be hard to vote for his old party. 

Moreover,  he also spoke of how he was not the "world's greatest support" of Jeremy Corbyn. 

He added: "I’ve always voted Labour. I’m not going to pretend to you it’s not a struggle for me with my profound disagreement with the Corbyn leadership, but probably because of history, tradition, and because I am so passionately opposed to Brexit, I can see myself voting Labour."

The full interview with Tony Blair is on talkRADIO this Sunday at 12pm. 

3.59pm update: Brexit's still on

Last night, there had been reports that the Government had pulled its £100m Brexit advertising campaign. 

Despite those reports, The Sun has reported that the campaign is in fact, still going on. 

This comes as there is a belief from some within the Government that the UK can still leave on October 31. 

3.29pm update: BBC's Katya Adler provides update on EU's position

The BBC journalist has reported that despite the agreement on an extension, the EU "REALLY do not like the UK focus on the extension length".

Although Mr Barnier refused to comment to journalists following a meeting earlier today, EU diplomats have said: "Everything still pointing to an extension potentially lasting till 31st Jan.

"But that UK can leave at any time before."

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Brexit news: The latest polling figures for a general election (Image: EXPRESS)

2.50pm update: Is holding a general election in December a waste of time? VOTE HERE

Following his announcement yesterday, Mr Johnson will table a motion for a general election on December 12. 

With that in mind, do you think that an election next month is a waste of time?

2.00pm update: Sterling falls after EU fail to make decision on Brexit delay

The value of the pound has fallen after EU leaders failed to come to a decision on the terms of a Brexit delay.

The pound fell by 0.25 percent against the dollar at $1.2823.

Versus the euro, sterling slipped 0.4 percent at 86.66 pence.

12.50pm update: Johnson says October 31 Brexit date 'is still possible'

Boris Johnson has said it is “still possible” the UK could leave the European Union on October 31.

However, the Prime Minister admitted the decision is out the control of the Government and up to the EU after MPs forced Mr Johnson to ask the bloc for a delay.

Mr Johnson said: “Of course 31 October is still possible.

“Unfortunately it depends on what the EU says.

“We’re in a situation in which, under the terms of the surrender act, which was passed by parliament, it is up to the EU to decide whether or not we stay in the EU and it is up to the EU how long that extension would be.”

12.15pm update: France blocked decision on Brexit delay - EU diplomat

French President Emmanuel Macron forced the EU27 to delay a decision on the Brexit delay timetable, an EU diplomat has claimed.

The diplomat told Reuters: "Everyone wanted a decision today. But France had a problem with that and wanted to wait until Monday/Tuesday to see what happens in London.

"We will come back to this discussion on length after the weekend. And this time is to be used for political consultations."

Another diplomat added: "All this discussion delayed because of France."

11.35am update: EU agree Brexit delay is required

EU ambassadors have agreed that a Brexit extension is needed.

Speaking after ambassadors met the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said ambassadors "have agreed to the principle of an extension" and their work will "continue in the coming days".

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EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has held talks with EU ambassadors (Image: REUTERS)

10.50am update: ‘I told him he’d lose!’ Juncker mocks Cameron over Brexit warning to former PM in 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker has hit out at David Cameron after revealing he had warned the former Prime Minister he would lose the Brexit referendum - two years before the crunch vote in 2016.

The European Commission President made a startling revelation after claiming he warned Mr Cameron at the G20 summit in Brisbane in 2014 that he would lose the crunch vote - despite the former Prime Minister being confident of succeeding.

Speaking to an audience at a think tank in Brussels, he said: “That is when I knew, no matter how good a campaigner he was, he would lose it and I told him so.

“He didn’t believe it but it happened. I will always remember this moment.”

10.30am update: Varadkar leaps praise on Johnson as PM awaits EU decision

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has leaped praise on Boris Johnson as the Prime Minister awaits a decision from the EU on the length of the Brexit extension.

Mr Varadkar said: "He is the guy you see like he is personable, he's intelligent, he's witty - he is very normal.

"You can talk to him about stuff, you know. Some politicians are really hard to talk to. He's a little bit eccentric, a little bit alternative."

9.50am update: Kuenssberg claims Macron pushing for a shorter extension

Laura Kuenssberg has claimed French President Emmanuel Macron has been texting Boris Johnson to push for a shorter extension to the Brexit negotiations.

BBC political editor told the BBC podcast Brexitcast: “Someone told me that Macron texted Johnson this morning and said he wanted a short extension.

“He wanted it done in November.

“Now, I do not know if that is true or not but there is clearly a view based on evidence…

“There’s a genuine belief in Government that Macron is pushing very hard for a short extension.

“But they don’t expect that to happen.”

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Boris Johnson (Image: Daily Telegraph)

9.35am update: Juncker fumes at Boris Johnson for spreading ‘LIES’ during Brexit referendum

Jean-Claude Juncker has launched an extraordinary attack against Boris Johnson, accusing the Prime Minister of spreading “lies” during the Brexit referendum and expressing regret at not intervening.

The European Commission President has entered the final weeks of his tenure, but has been launching his most brutal attacks against Britain and Brexit in the five years since taking the hot seat.

Speaking to an audience at a think tank in Brussels, he lashed out at the “bull****” and falsehoods spread by “Boris Johnson and others”, expressing regret over not stopping it.

Mr Juncker said: “They were saying things, some of them – lying. Telling the people things which have nothing to do with our day by day reality.

“I should have intervened, because nobody was denying, contesting the lies Boris Johnson and others were spreading around.”

READ MORE: ‘Bull****!’Juncker fumes at Boris Johnson for spreading ‘LIES’ during Brexit referendum

9.15am update: Government has done ‘everything possible’ to deliver Brexit by Oct 31 - Javid

Sajid Javid has said the Government has tried "everything possible" to get Brexit done by October 31.

The Chancellor said Parliament, led by Jeremy Corbyn, has decided to "dither and delay" at every opportunity.

Mr Javid added that he believes it is "very likely" the EU will grant a three-month extension to Article 50.

Mr Javid told the Today programme: "Three-and-a-half years ago this decision was made and there's been delay after delay after delay.

"And we have to end this, end this uncertainty.”

He added: "We've tried everything we can. We don't have a majority in Parliament, so it does require some co-operation by the Opposition.

"And, instead of Jeremy Corbyn, as the Leader the Opposition, thinking about the national interest, he has decided to put his own interests first and dither and delay."

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Brexit news: Sajid Javid said the Government has done 'everything possible' to deliver Brexit (Image: BBC)

8.55am update: Javid says Government to push for election ‘again and again’

Sajid Javid said the Government will push for an election "again and again".

The Chancellor told the Today programme: "The Opposition have said, week after week, that if there is a delay of three months, which is what they requested through Parliament, then they will vote for a general election, so let's see if they keep their word.

"And if they don't then we will keep bringing back to Parliament a motion to have an election.

"And we will keep doing that again and again."

He added: "As for other parliamentary business, we'll have to wait and see what that is, and we will react to it at that time.

"But the most important issue is to get Brexit done, and to have that general election."

8.40am update: Abbott says Labour needs ‘explicit commitment’ a no deal Brexit is ruled out

Diane Abbott has said the Labour Party needs an "explicit commitment" that a no deal Brexit is ruled out.

The Shadow Home Secretary has also hit out at Boris Johnson’s plan to give MPs more time to debate Brexit if parliament sign up to a December 12 general election.

Ms Abbott said offers from Mr Johnson are "not worth the paper they're written on".

The MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington told the Today programme: "The December day is a ludicrous day.

“We've not had a general election at Christmas for over a century, and there's good reasons for that."

8.30am update: German MEP expects EU27 to agree Brexit delay today

A German MEP has said he believes the EU27 will agree upon a Brexit delay today following talks in Brussels.

David McAllister, MEP for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party, insisted an extension to Article 50 is the “right way forward”.

Mr McAllister said: "Well the debate within the council is still ongoing. The ambassadors will meet today in Brussels.

"I believe that in the end the leaders of the EU27 will agree on an extension in a written procedure.

"However they need to decide by unanimity. The European Parliament's group leaders yesterday decided to write to Donald Tusk to recommend that he accepts the request for a further extension until January 31.

"And I believe that is the right way forward."

8.20am update: Macron ally throws Brexit delay into doubt

An ally of French President Emmanuel Macron has told the Today programme a Brexit extension should not be granted “for nothing”.

French politician Marie Lebec said the continued uncertainty has economic consequences on companies and families, and said if there is a "flextension" there needs to be "clear steps" on what the UK is going to do.

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