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Jeremy Corbyn asks PM Boris Johnson to step down

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn . File

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn . File  

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The government will be held to account for what it has done, says Labour leader.

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on Boris Johnson on Tuesday to resign and demanded a new election after the Supreme Court ruled that the Prime Minister’s move to suspend Parliament was unlawful.

Mr. Corbyn was one of several opposition lawmakers to increase the pressure on Mr. Johnson, whose hardline strategy to take Britain out of the European Union, with or without a deal, on October 31 appeared to be unravelling after the court ruling.

‘Johnson Out!’

“Tomorrow Parliament will return. The government will be held to account for what it has done. Boris Johnson has been found to have misled the country. This unelected Prime Minister should now resign,” Mr. Corbyn told his party to thunderous applause and shouts of “Johnson Out!”

“I invite Boris Johnson, in the historic words, to consider his position. And become the shortest-serving Prime Minister there’s ever been,” Mr. Corbyn.

Mr. Johnson will not quit, Downing Street sources said, but the Prime Minister will face an angry Parliament on Wednesday, where lawmakers will try their utmost to prevent him from orchestrating a so-called no-deal Brexit.

Britain is due to leave the EU on October 31, but Brexit is more uncertain than ever, with few able to predict when, how or even whether the country will exit.

“So obey the law, take no deal off the table, and have an election to elect a government that respects democracy, that respects the rule of law and brings power back to the people, not usurps it in the way that Boris Johnson has done,” he said

Mr. Corbyn brought his closing speech forward by a day. The court decision took the heat off Mr. Corbyn, who just a day earlier had frustrated many of his own pro-EU lawmakers by successfully pushing through his Brexit strategy — to try to win an election, and then hold a special conference to determine how Labour should campaign in any second referendum.

Many members and lawmakers said it was time for Labour to start campaigning to ‘remain’ in the EU.

Prime Minister Johnson, who is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly, said, after the verdict, that Britain needed a general election.

“We should have an election,” he said in brief comments to reporters as he left a meeting in New York.

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