Boris Johnson has announced he will push for a general election on 12 December.
He said parliament voted to delay Brexit and “that delay could go on for a very long time” because the EU would respond to parliament’s request and agree an extension.
The prime minister said he wanted “to be reasonable with parliament” and say they could have more time to scrutinise the legislation if they submitted to a general election on 12 December.
Here are Johnson’s comments in a bit more detail.
Speaking to the BBC’s political editor, he said:
If this parliament is anything to go by, that delay could go on for a very long time because it looks as though our EU friends will respond to parliament’s request by having an extension, which I really don’t want at all.
The way to get Brexit done is, I think, to be reasonable with parliament and say if they genuinely want more time to study this excellent deal, they can have it, but they have to agree to a general election on 12 December.
He added: “It’s time frankly that the opposition summoned up the nerve to submit themselves to the judgement of our collective boss, which is the people of the UK.”
Johnson said his proposal would give MPs “all the time the want” to scrutinise the bill before 6 November. He says that’s more than many of them had been asking for.
The prime minister said it would “absolutely morally incredible” if the Labour party were to refuse to back an election.