Jeremy Corbyn has said that Labour is ready to allow a general election once it is clear that a no-deal Brexit is off the table. In a speech in Northampton, the Labour leader denied that his party was avoiding an election, but said it did not trust Boris Johnson not to force through a no-deal during an election campaign.

"Prime Minister, we can't trust you not to break the law because you've got form," he said.

"We can't trust you not to use the period of an election campaign to drive our country off a no-deal cliff-edge that will crash our economy, destroy jobs and industries, cause shortages of medicine and food and endanger peace in Northern Ireland.

"So it's simple: obey the law, take no-deal off the table and then let's have the election.

"We're ready and champing at the bit. There's only one reason it hasn't happened yet - we can't trust you."

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Mr Corbyn said Labour would fight the next general election on a radical programme of reform to tackle climate change and build "an economy that works for all".

"Labour will put forward the most radical, hopeful, people-focused programme in modern times - a once-in-a-generation chance to rebuild and transform our country," he said.

Mr Corbyn said that in office a Labour government would legislate immediately for a fresh referendum on Britain's membership of the EU.

"That referendum won't be a re-run of 2016," he said. "This time the choice will be between leaving with a sensible deal or remaining in the European Union."

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