Britain's opposition leader agrees to back early general election


Britain's opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn (File photo: VCG)

LONDON, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party, said on Tuesday that his party will support an early general election in the country as Labor's condition of taking no-deal Brexit off the table "has now been met." 

"I have consistently said that we are ready for an election and our support is subject to a no-deal Brexit being off the table," Corbyn told the shadow cabinet Tuesday morning. 

"We have now heard from the EU (European Union) that the extension of Article 50 to January 31 has been confirmed, so for the next three months, our condition of taking no-deal off the table has now been met," he said.

"We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen," Corbyn added.

Corbyn's remarks came hours before the prime minister is expected to table a short bill later Tuesday which would pave the way for his efforts to hold a general election on Dec. 12.

He would need only a simple majority to get this plan through the House of Commons. This will be Johnson's one last effort to send Britain to the polls before Christmas, but it could be thwarted by a fight in parliament over the exact election date.

However, Corbyn did not explicitly say if he would back Johnson's bill in parliament later Tuesday.

On Monday night, Johnson failed to get the two-thirds of lawmakers he needed to secure an early election under existing laws after opposition parties largely abstained in the parliament vote.