Peston divulges Labour and SNP may accidentally force no deal Brexit by refusing election

ITV political editor Robert Peston took to Twitter immediately after Mr Corbyn’s Labour Party ran scared of a general election demand from Mr Johnson, adding the veteran left-winger would only commit to a major ballot should no deal be taken off the table in Brexit negotiations. This prompted Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg to declare the reason Labour are against the ballot is because they are “afraid of the people” would vote. Mr Peston said the actions of the three anti-Brexit parties risks backfiring and forcing the UK into a no deal Brexit.

He said: “The risk for Labour, SNP and LibDems in saying they will block @BorisJohnson’s 12 Dec election, even before EU leaders have decided whether to give the requested 3-month Brexit delay, is they send message to EU leaders that parliament has no plan to end the Brexit uncertainty.

“In which case it would reinforce @EmmanuelMacron’s case that Brexit delay should be very short, to just 15 Dec, to get the deal passed, or not.

“So Johnson’s letter may be cleverer than the opposition parties think, and more dangerous for them.”

Regardless of Labour saying no for the fourth time to a general election, Mr Johnson and his team will table a motion for one to be held on December 15.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he will veto any lengthy delay to Brexit.

This afternoon, when mention of a general election was debated in the Commons again, Mr Corbyn was mocked for storming off from his seat.

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"He said on September 24, 2019, exactly one month ago: "This crisis can only be settled by a general election.

"That election needs to take place as soon as this governments threat of a disastrous no deal is taken off the table.

"We have met the condition he set the Prime Minister and yet still the opposition doesn’t want a General Election.

"But, Mr Speaker, we know why this is. We know why they’re afraid a general election, its because they are afraid of the voters.

"So alienated are the voters, so disenfranchised with their socialist friends that they are running away from an election."

Mr Corbyn was seen shaking his head while stood next to Speaker John Bercow as Mr Rees-Mogg spoke.

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