September 5, 2019 / 7:18 AM / 3 months ago

Brexit 'surrender bill' means election now needed - Javid

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid speaks with former students at SGS College Filton, where Javid himself studied, in Bristol, Britain, August 30, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - 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.

Writing by William Schomberg, Editied by Paul Sandle

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