UK polls likely before Christmas: Jeremy Corbyn
London - Liberal Democrat party leader Jo Swinson said on Sunday she would not back a government led by Jeremy Corbyn.
UK opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday said there was a strong possibility of a national election before Christmas.
When asked if he was expecting an election to be held before Christmas, he said:
"That is obviously a strong possibility. But listen, we're ready for an election any time."
Corbyn said he is unlikely to support a deal agreed between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union, Sky News reported on Sunday.
"I think the problem areas are of regulation and deregulation which come from whatever trade arrangement there is with Europe and the wider world but also perhaps very seriously is the Irish border issue", Corbyn told Sky News in an interview.
"And if it creates a border down the Irish Sea rather than on the Irish border itself, I can see that bringing problems", Corbyn said, adding that he will caution British lawmakers against backing a confirmatory referendum on a deal.
Liberal Democrat party leader Jo Swinson said on Sunday she would not back a government led by Jeremy Corbyn. Asked on Sky News whether there were any circumstances in which the party could support a Corbyn-led government, Swinson said: "No, Jeremy Corbyn is not fit to be prime minister."
A Downing Street source said on Saturday that Britain remains a long way from agreeing a final Brexit deal and the next few days will be critical if it is to agree departure terms with the European Union.
Negotiators for Britain and the EU have entered intense talks over the weekend to see if they can break the Brexit impasse before a crucial summit next week and a deadline for Britain to leave the bloc on October 31.
News of progress in the talks sent financial markets surging on Friday after Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar identified a pathway to a deal following months of acrimony. But on Saturday the deputy leader of the Northern Irish party which holds a key role in the talks signalled his concern about the mooted proposal and the Downing Street source said Britain remained ready to leave without a deal if needed.