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- Updated: 25 Oct 2019,17: 21
EU ambassadors have decided to give Britain a thirdBrexit extension– but we don’t know how long for.
Yesterday Boriscalled for a snap election (on December) and made a bold move to force his Brexit deal through first, but Jeremy Corbyn’s Labor are set to reject it as MPs tell them they don’t want it.
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FRIDAY NIGHT RECAP
Today the action’s slowed down a bit in Westminster – partly because MPs have gone off to their constituencies to meet voters. Here’s what you’ve missed today if you’re just tuning in
- Boris Johnson demanded Jeremy Corbyn “man up” and agree to a general election in a vote on Monday
- EU ambassadors agreed today that they WILL offer a Brexit extension to Boris, but they haven’t yet agreed how long for
- The PM said itwas “still possible” to leave on October 31as the EU were still deciding an extension
- France’s Macron continued to fight against the rest of the EU member states, arguing to block a delay
- Jeremy Corbyn said the PM should promiseNEVER to take Britain out of the EU without a deal – even if we can’t get a trade deal sorted with the bloc in years to come
- The promise threatens to sink the PM’s election vote on Monday as it’s something he can’t actually guarantee
- The Labor boss said that a December 12 election was odd, but hinted he could back moves for one before that, like the SNP have said they want as well
And even though an election hasn’t been triggered, both parties are officially in full-on fundraising mode.
This email just got sent around by the Tories.
It says: “Yesterday, Momentum sent out this email (see below) to Corbyn’s followers. They’re trying to hit a target of 1, 200 Donors before Monday and have already notched up over half of that target.
“Let’s smash that figure. Will you chip in now to help us deliver Brexit, defeat Corbyn, and unite our country? “
Irish premier Leo Varadkar has revealed how well he gets on with Boris Johnson and hinted he struggled with Theresa May, Political Editor Tom Newton Dunn reports today.
The Taoiseach told how he and the new British PM’s warm relationshiphelped them strike a breakthrough Brexit deal.
The pair’s solo talks for two hours without any aides during an emergency summit in a Wirral hotel three two weeks ago laid the template for the new EU agreement.
Mr Varadkar described Boris as “personable, intelligent, and witty”, adding: “He is very normal”.
In a hint that he struggled with the PM’s predecessor Mrs May, the Dublin boss also said about Boris: “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.”
When Mrs May was in No 10, some EU leaders complained that they often didn’t know what she really wanted or thought.
Mr Varadkar also said earlier today he would like to see a united Ireland in his lifetime, but only with the consent of the people in Northern Ireland.
Asked if he wants unification, the leader said: “I would, but only in accordance with the Good Friday Agreement so that only with the consent of the majority of people in Northern Ireland.
“That’s really important stuff and nobody should be forced into anything they don’t want.”
JEZ IS A BREXITEER
Tony Blair went on to say that he thought the leftie boss was actually a Brexiteer himself.
He said Labor MPs in leave areas fear that they would lose their seats if they blocked leaving the EU.
“He’s probably, frankly, pro-Brexit himself for old-style leftists reasons,” he added. “You’ve got this situation where Labor’s trying to face both ways and it hasn’t worked.”
Around the time of the referendum there was a lot of speculation that Mr Corbyn wouldn’t mind if Britain left the EU, but he later claimed he had voted Remain in the vote.
Listen to the full program – The Tony Blair Exclusive on Talk Radio this Sunday between 12 – 2pm
Tony Blair has admitted he will “struggle” to back the Labor party at the election, but will likely end up backing them, he said today.
He said: “” I’ve always voted Labor. 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 Labor, ” he said.
“There are a lot of people who are going to really struggle,” he added.
He still thinks the country should hold ANOTHER referendum on Brexit – and doesn’t want an election now.
“If you’re going to break the deadlock over Brexit through the people, tell me what possible rationale is there for doing that through an election and not a referendum?” He asked.