Labour MP says party will not agree to an election before the Brexit deadline

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech at 10 Downing Street on September 2, 2019 in London, England.Chris J Ratcliffe | Getty ImagesBritain's opposition Labour Party will not support any attempts by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to call for a national vote before the Brexit deadline expires at the end of October, U.K. Shadow Justice Minister Yasmin Qureshi told CNBC. Qureshi, who is a Labour member of parliament for Bolton South East, claimed Johnson was counting down the time so that he could take the United Kingdom out of the European Union without a deal in place. The U.K. leader, a pro-Brexit politician who became prime minister in July, had promised on Monday that the the U.K. would leave the EU on October 31 — "no ifs and no buts." But Qureshi told CNBC's "Squawk Box " on Wednesday: "Everybody knows that once you Brexit without a deal, there's going to be serious economic problems with our country." When asked if Labour would be agreeable to a snap e..

A snap election could damage Boris Johnson’s party, or even see the UK break...

VIDEO2:4202:42UK lawmakers to vote on bill to prevent a no-deal BrexitSquawk BoxBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson will ask parliament to approve a new general election Wednesday evening, after a majority of lawmakers in the House of Commons voted to wrest control of the legislative timetable away from his Conservative-led government. Johnson had lost his governing majority Tuesday when one of his party's disgruntled members defected to the opposition party, the Liberal Democrats. A crucial vote Tuesday night meant opposition lawmakers together with a small number of Johnson's fellow Conservatives could introduce a piece of fresh legislation Wednesday afternoon to block the government from pursuing an exit from the European Union without a negotiated withdrawal settlement at the end of October. Johnson has argued that this threat of a "no-deal Brexit" is necessary for him to win a compromise in negotiations with the EU, because of the expectation of economic damage that it ..

UK lawmakers set to vote on stopping a no-deal Brexit amid threat of a...

VIDEO3:2603:26Boris Johnson: Rebel bill would lead to more dither and delaySquawk Box EuropeU.K. lawmakers are set to vote on crucial legislation on whether to stop a no-deal Brexit. If passed, the legislation will force Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request a delay to the U.K.'s departure date from the EU if no deal is agreed before October 31. Johnson, who became prime minister in July, had pledged that the U.K. would leave the EU by the Halloween deadline "come what may." He has said that he would put forward a motion to hold a snap general election if the legislation passes on Wednesday. The new vote comes after a crunch moment in parliament Tuesday when a majority of lawmakers backed a plan to take control of parliamentary business. This was seen as the first step in a bid to stop a potentially damaging no-deal Brexit, which was also a major blow for Johnson and his government. A no-deal departure from the EU worries many members of parliament (MPs) on both sides of the "Re..

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