Petulant PM wants Labour to agree to rushed withdrawal agreement timetable – and support early general election as well. Labour wants him to have double helping of scrutiny
Boris Johnson has been accused of greed and arrogance after attempting to ‘have his cake and eat it’ during a meeting this morning with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
A senior Labour source told the SKWAWKBOX:
Johnson’s having a laugh. Rushing to a general election before anyone has had time to digest the reality of Brexit, let alone to stop looking to the past and discuss what kind of country we want going forward, would be ridiculous and entirely unfair on voters.
It’s typical greedy Johnson, always wanting to have his cake and eat it – but as usual, he’s terrified of scrutiny. Since he’s such a fan of having two things at once, we’ll make sure he gets a good helping of both.
Johnson’s attempt to race headlong into both enacting his Brexit deal and a general election is a transparent and rather desperate attempt to avoid scrutiny by either Parliament or the public.
Labour is happy to support a programme motion that will allow three weeks for proper scrutiny – and will give Boris Johnson a general election six weeks after that process is completed.
Parliament needs only three weeks to scrutinise the withdrawal bill – which passed its second reading last night – so the only person stopping Johnson ‘getting Brexit done’ is Boris Johnson.
Once Brexit is done, voters must have an election campaign of proper length to scrutinise each party’s vision for the future.
Have that cake and eat it, Mr Johnson.
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