Prime Minister Boris Johnson will go head to head with the Labour leader just hours after he was defeated by the House of Commons to block a no deal Brexit. Mr Johnson responded by announcing he would push for a snap election on October 15.
He also spectacularly sacked 21 Tory rebels after they backed Jeremy Corbyn to defeat the government on a motion allowing them to try to pass a law which would force a three-month extension to Britain’s EU exit date.
Mr Johnson cast the rebellion as an attempt to surrender to the EU, vowed never to delay Brexit beyond October 31 and said the country needed an election.
The government has scheduled a vote on an election for after 7pm on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister was spotted leaving Downing Street earlier today following this morning’s Cabinet meeting.
There was a moment of confusion when he almost climbed into the wrong car as he stepped out of Number 10, but he then sped off in a vehicle accompanied by his adviser and Brexit mastermind Dominic Cummings.
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12:24pm update: Ian Blackford scathing attack on PM
He asks Boris Johnson: “Are you a dictator or a democrat?”
12.19pm update: Boris attacks Corbyn as ‘crackers’
Boris Johnson said: “He will not agree to submit his surrender bill to the public in an election! We think the friends of this family are to be found in Paris, Berlin and the White House.
“He thinks they are in Kremlin and Tehran and Caracas… and I think he’s crackers.”
12.17pm: ‘Fear of incompetence’ Corbyn attacks Johnson
Mr Corbyn told the Commons: “If the Prime Minister does to the country what he has done to his party in past 24 hours, I think a lot of people have a lot of fear from his incompetence, his vacillation and his refusal to publish facts which are known to him about Brexit.”
12.12pm update: No deal food shortages ‘untrue’
Corbyn said Mr Gove’s claims there will be no fresh food shortages after a no-deal Brexit is “categorically untrue” as he pressured the PM to publish the Yellowhammer report – the government’s assessment of the impact of a no deal Brexit.
But Johnson fired back saying Corbyn is “guilty of the most shameless scaremongering”.
He said the Labour leader “used to be a democrat” before challenging him to reveal whether he would now back Brexit, or Remain or a second EU referendum.
12.08pm update: Johnson humilates Corbyn in Commons
To cheers, he said: “There’s only one chlorinated chicken I can see in this house!” after Corbyn reveals he will not agree to an election.
He adds: “Can he confirm he will let the people decide by having a general election on October 15?”
12.06pm update: Boris mocks Corbyn and Remaner alliance
He told the Commons: “Jeremy Corbyn’s would wreck any chance of the talks and we don’t know what his strategy is at all!
“What would the slogan be? What do we want? Dither and delay! When do we want it? We don’t know!
“You do not negotiate in public and we are making substantial progress. This Government is going to get a deal from our friends in Brussels. The only thing standing in our way is the undermining of negotiations from this ‘surrender’ bill.”
“He wants to spend a billion pounds net to keep us in the EU.”
12.03pm: Labour MP attack on ‘unthinkable’ no deal
Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh said the former PM’s deal was unnacceptable but leaving withoutt a deal is “unthinkable”.
She said Boris should put a no deal Brexit to the people and ask if they want to “pay the price”.
She added: “The Prime Minister pursues a game of brinksmanship.”
But Johnson replied: “This Government will take the country out of the EU on October 31.
“There is only one thing that stands in our way, the surrender bill currently being imposed by leader of opposition.”
12.02pm update: Boris pays respect to murdered PC
The Prime Minister opened his debate by paying his respects to Andrew Harper, killed in the line of duty