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Labour's Corbyn would need to head any UK caretaker govt - party's finance policy chief

LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Any British caretaker government would have to be headed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition party's finance policy chief John McDonnell said on Sunday.

Speaking to the BBC, McDonnell also said all possible steps needed to be taken to avert a no-deal Brexit and that he believed past assurances from EU authorities that they would grant Britain a further extension on its departure date.

The country's political system is in deadlock, with Labour and other opposition parties saying they would either vote against Boris Johnson's bid to call an early election, or abstain until a law to force the prime minister to seek a Brexit delay is implemented.


(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, editing by John Stonestreet)