Election not referendum is the priority, says Jeremy Corbyn in Walsall

MP John Mann

Outgoing Labour MP John Mann Credit TOLGA AKMEN /AFP

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday ruled out an electoral pact with Nigel Farage's Brexit Party, which had warned that the Conservatives would take a "real kicking" in an election if Brexit was not a clean break from the EU.

United Kingdom workers will pay the price of a no-deal Brexit. He pledged to give Johnson's party a clear run at all their existing seats and targets in exchange for the Conservatives standing aside in 80-90 constituencies.

Mr Corbyn said he would make a decision over which way Labour would campaign in a new referendum after the party has negotiated a deal with the EU.

"The Conservatives will take a real kicking from November 1 onwards", Farage added.

Johnson's political spokesman said: "The PM will not be doing a deal with Nigel Farage".

He added: "My experience on the doorstep tells me most of those who've deserted us over our Brexit policy did so with deep regret and would greatly prefer to come back; they just want us to take an unequivocal position that, whatever happens, we'll fight to remain, and to sound like we mean it".

In a speech on Wednesday in London, Mr Watson will say a single-issue Brexit election may not break the deadlock in Parliament - something only a second referendum can achieve with certainty.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he is "eager for an election" but wants to see legislation created to stop a no-deal Brexit on 31 October implemented first. He claims the only way Labour can win the election is by uniting Remain-backing voters who are now split between the party and the Liberal Democrats.

Party policy is to push for a general election later this year, after they are certain that Boris Johnson can't deliver a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.

"There is going to be give from Brussels - there is going to be some sort of change to the Withdrawal Agreement on the backstop but I suspect absolutely nothing else", he said.

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