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Corbyn voted against an early election, but on Monday that may change

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The most significant words tonight were uttered by Jeremy Corbyn, who was late to take his place in the chamber after MPs passed the bill to block a no-deal Brexit surprisingly quickly.

The Labour leader repeated what he had said the night before: "Let this bill pass and gain royal assent then we will back an election so we do not crash out with a no-deal exit from the EU."

That contradicted the line taken by Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, and Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, earlier today. Starmer said the election should be after the "passing and implementation of this act" – and by “implementation” he appeared to mean securing the Brexit extension beyond 31 October.

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While Thornberry said:........

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