Thursday, 2 Apr 2020

Johnson tells Corbyn and his ‘commies’ to ‘man up’ and fight him in December election

The Prime Minister pointed the finger at Jeremy Corbyn during an interview as she told him to fight him in a general election on December 12. Mr Johnson appeared to be open to a Brexit delay as he says he will continue to debate on Brexit “if they really want”. But Mr Corbyn has said no deal must be taken off the table before he supports an election.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Johnson said: “What I’m saying to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party is that they have the opportunity now to get this thing done, to get Brexit over the line.

“All they need to do is agree at the same time that we’ll have more of a debate on Brexit if they really want, if they really think that’s necessary providing they agree to an election on December 12.

“Now you would have thought that was a pretty good deal from the point of view of the Labour Party.

“But they seem unaccountably to be split from top to bottom.

“We’ve got Momentum who are sort of the commies who back part of the Jeremy Corbyn enterprise saying that they want an election.

“Then you’ve got loads of Labour MPs led by Keir Starmer and Tom Watson who don’t seem to want an election.

“Time for Corbyn to man up, let’s have an election on December 12.”

His comments come as European leaders won’t confirm a Brexit extension until Mr Corbyn accepts an election.

Diplomatic sources said EU ambassadors set a Tuesday deadline for their decision as they piled pressure on MPs to back Boris Johnson’s bid to hold the snap vote.

France refused to backdown in a row over whether to offer Britain a three-month Brexit delay to prevent further dithering from the Labour Party and Remainer MPs.

Emmanuel Macron believes the prospect “short, technical” extension will force MPs to finally pass the Prime Minister’s agreement in the coming days.

But EU capitals fear Paris’ hardline stance could trigger an “accidental no-deal Brexit” on Halloween.

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During a two-hour meeting of senior EU diplomats, several ambassadors accused the French of being “too rigid”.

“If we follow your rigid position, there is a really high risk of an accidental no deal or hard Brexit,” one ambassador told the French, according to a source.

Another EU diplomat added: “We don’t agree because we don’t want to get involved in Britain’s internal politics.”

Leaving the meeting, EU negotiator Michel Barnier said there had been “excellent discussions but no decision” on the delay.

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