Boris Johnson has just made a statement on the steps of Number Ten saying he would never ask the EU to extend the Article 50 process.


Things are now moving hyper-fast.

After the emergency Cabinet Meeting I talked about earlier and some drinks and chats with his MPs, Boris Johnson came out of Number Ten and, after setting out the crux of the spending measures he'd already put in place, as well as outlining the progress he's made in the Brexit negotiations with the EU, he said that he, like the rest of the country, just wanted to get on with delivering Brexit and did not want another General Election.

And he also stated very, very clearly that there was no way that he would ask the EU27 for an Article 50 extension.

And this also comes after Remainer MPs revealed their rather complex plans to try and force the PM to go to Brussels for an Article 50 extension.

Now Boris's statement has raised the prospect in peoples' minds that, if Boris looks set to be defeated in an anti-no deal Brexit legislative tussle tomorrow, then he would ask MPs on Wednesday to vote for a General Election – whatever his statement about it tonight was.

That way there would be an election on either Thursday the 17th of October, or Thursday the 24th of October with the question, who do you trust the country and Brexit with – Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn?

Now, up until today, it had seemed that Jeremy Corbyn was hanging back from an election and going along with this idea from the other opposition leaders of forcing through a law that would make Boris extend Article 50.

But just about an hour ago Jeremy Corbyn Tweeted:

"Today Labour held our Shadow Cabinet in Salford where we discussed our plans to do everything in our power to stop a disastrous No Deal exit.

"We are ready for a General Election, which will be a once in a generation chance for a real change of direction for our country."

So, on the face of it, both major party leaders seem to have 'independently' come to the conclusion that a General Election could be the way ahead.

And with both Boris Johnson personally and the Tory party on the high and a Labour leader that fancies his chances as a political campaigner on the day, they might just get the required 434 MP votes to swing it.

Now this will be nerve-jangling news for all those pro-EU MPs in leave-voting constituencies. And one can imagine many of them arguing to reject a General Election as some sort of Boris ploy. While those Tories that crossed the floor will realise they are toast and those who have worked hard against Brexit will face almost certain deselection.

How many of those Tories will now elect to go with Boris and reject the planned Remainer anti-Brexit motion so as to avoid that day of reckoning?

Tomorrow will be an interesting day. And it will be interesting to see what Nigel Farage and The Brexit Party make of this as well.


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