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UK Brexit "surrender bill" means election now needed - Javid

LONDON: British finance Minister Sajid Javid said on Thursday that legislation to delay Brexit which is now set to clear

Sep 05 2019

LONDON: British finance Minister Sajid Javid said on Thursday that legislation to delay Brexit which is now set to clear parliament was a "surrender bill" and meant the country would have to hold a national election.

"When it gets Royal Assent it will be a surrender bill and that is why the prime minister has said that, especially once this bill is in place, that we need to move forward as a country, we need to deliver on Brexit, and that's why unfortunately I think we are in the position where we need a general election," Javid said in a television interview.

Javid also said the proposed Oct. 15 date for an election announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson would probably be changed because a bill to hold an early election was blocked by parliament on Wednesday.

Copyright Reuters, 2019