October 22, 2019 / 2:06 PM / 4 months ago

UK's Labour wants Brexit extension before it will back early election - source

EU and Union Jack flags flutter outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Labour Party will only back an early election if an extension long enough to allow for a snap poll is agreed with the European Union and a no-deal Brexit is off the table, a source in the opposition party said on Tuesday.

Labour has long said it wants a new election, but has so far refused to support Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s calls for one because the opposition party fears he might lead Britain out of the EU without a deal.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there would need to be an extension long enough to hold a new election for the prime minister to get Labour’s support for a snap poll.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Editing by Kylie MacLellan

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