Boris Johnson is 'using Queen to deliver party broadcast'

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The PM is “using the Queen to deliver a pre-election party political broadcast”, Jeremy Corbyn will say.

The Labour leader will call holding a Queen’s Speech, which is due to take place on 14 October, before an expected election a “cynical stunt”.

He will also say he is “champing at the bit” to have an election once a no-deal Brexit is taken “off the table”.

The Queen’s Speech allows the government to outline its priorities at the start of a parliamentary year.

However, Mr Corbyn is to describe the event as “a farce” with the government “setting out an agenda to Parliament that it has no intention or means of delivering”.

“This government isn’t going to put any legislation before Parliament.

“It has a majority of minus 45, a 100% record of defeat in the Commons and is seeking a general election which will end the parliamentary session the Queen is about to open.”


The Labour leader will also say he wants a general election, once the possibility of a no-deal Brexit is removed.

Last month, MPs passed legislation known as the Benn Act, which requires the government to seek an extension to the negotiating process, if a deal with the EU is not agreed, or no-deal is agreed to, before 19 October.

But the Labour leader will argue that Boris Johnson cannot be trusted to do this.

“Prime minister, we can’t trust you not to break the law because you’ve got form,” he will say.

“We can’t trust you not to use the period of an election campaign to drive our country off a no-deal cliff edge that will crash our economy, destroy jobs and industries, cause shortages of medicine and food and endanger peace in Northern Ireland.

“So it’s simple: obey the law, take no-deal off the table and then let’s have the election.

“There’s only one reason it hasn’t happened yet – we can’t trust you.”

Mr Johnson has tried to call a general election arguing it would break the Brexit impasse – a move which has been rejected by opposition MPs.

During his speech, Mr Corbyn will also set out his plans for an alternative Queen’s Speech describing it as “the most radical of modern times”.

It would include a “final say Brexit referendum”, a £10 an hour minimum wage, a ban on fracking, scrapping tuition fees and free prescriptions.

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