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Boris Johnson accused of ‘using Queen’ in pre-election ‘stunt’

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Jeremy Corbyn has launched an attack on Boris Johnson accusing him of ‘using’ the Queen (Picture: PA / Getty)

Boris Johnson is ‘using the Queen’ as part of a ‘cynical’ pre-election stunt, Jeremy Corbyn has claimed.

The Labour leader has accused the Prime Minister of using the Queen’s speech at the opening of Parliament next week to deliver a Tory election manifesto.

Mr Corbyn has claimed he is ‘champing at the bit’ for a general election.

However, he will only agree to one if a no-deal Brexit is completely off the table, he has said.

The Queen’s speech is used to set out the new Parliamentary agenda and will take place on Monday.

However, an election could be just weeks away, leading to fears that the monarch will have to promise things that Mr Johnson’s Tory party has no way of delivering.

Queen Elizabeth II welcomes newly elected leader of the Conservative party Boris Johnson during an audience in Buckingham Palace, London, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 24, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Tories. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Boris Johnson’s parliamentary agenda will be delivered by the Queen on Monday (Picture: PA)

In a speech on Thursday, Mr Corbyn will say: ‘On Monday, we will be treated to the farce of Boris Johnson’s Conservative government, amid full pomp and ceremony, setting out an agenda to Parliament that it has no intention or means of delivering.

‘This Government isn’t going to put any legislation before Parliament.

‘It has a majority of minus 45, a 100% record of defeat in the Commons and is seeking a general election which will end the parliamentary session the Queen is about to open.

‘Holding a Queen’s Speech before an election is a cynical stunt.

‘Johnson is using the Queen to deliver a pre-election party political broadcast for the Conservative Party.’

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Queen Elizabeth II reads the Queen's Speech from the throne during State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on May 18, 2016 in London, England. The State Opening of Parliament is the formal start of the parliamentary year. This year's Queen's Speech, setting out the government's agenda for the coming session, is expected to outline policy on prison reform, tuition fee rises and reveal the potential site of a UK spaceport. (Photo by Alastair Grant - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The Queen’s speech happens during the State Opening of Parliament, scheduled for Monday (Picture: Getty) 

Parliament is currently prorogued and will return on October 14 to continue a battle against the clock to sort out Brexit.

Mr Johnson has demanded a general election but cannot call one without the majority of the House of Commons agreeing to it.

Mr Corbyn has refused to back his plan until a no-deal Brexit is off the table saying he fears Mr Johnson would let the UK crash out of the bloc in the election period.

He will say in his speech in Northampton: ‘Prime Minister, we can’t trust you not to break the law because you’ve got form.

‘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.’

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03: Jeremy Corbyn leader of the Labour Party visits Soapbox Youth Centre on October 3, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

Jeremy Corbyn will be speaking in Northampton on Thursday (Picture: Getty)

Mr Corbyn will also suggest that the country could soon end up with another Queen’s speech in which she introduces an agenda for a Labour government.

He will lay out an alternative Queen’s Speech, in which he wants to ban fracking, scrap tuition fees, introduce a £10-an-hour minimum wage and introduce free personal care and prescriptions.

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