Published: Fri, August 16, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Brexit: How Labour plan to stop a no-deal situation

Brexit: How Labour plan to stop a no-deal situation

He said a "terrible collaboration" of Brussels and Brexit-blocking MPs was forcing Britain towards a no-deal exit.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has claimed anti-Brexit MPs are collaborating with the European Union to stop the United Kingdom leaving the bloc on October 31.

With Parliament the main obstacle to Mr. Johnson's "do or die" pledge, lawmakers are urgently seeking a way to remove him or change the law to delay Brexit.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plans of delivering a no-deal Brexit have hit another snag, as Labour Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has called on rebel MPs in parliament to back him and attempt to vote down the Conservative government.

According to Brendan Donnelly, Director of The Federal Trust and a former Conservative MEP, the only way this could be done would be by bringing down the Johnson government through a vote of no confidence in early September and installing a government of national unity in its place.

Clearly with him in mind, Hammond said there were people "who are pulling the strings in Downing Street, those who are setting the strategy".

"Jeremy Corbyn believes that the people are the servants and politicians can cancel public votes they don't like". The Greens' Caroline Lucas confirmed she would back a vote of no confidence but asked Corbyn to support a different MP as leader of a temporary government if he can not win the confidence of the House himself.

But Mr Corbyn's commitment was rejected by the other opposition parties, with Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson calling it "nonsense".

"We are facing a national crisis", she said.

The Independent Group for Change leader Anna Soubry, who was not sent the letter, said Mr Corbyn "doesn't even command respect and support from his own party never mind across the political divide".

If the government loses a no-confidence motion, it would trigger a critical 14-day period, after which a general election could be triggered.

However, it does seem increasingly likely that there will be a vote of no confidence in the government at some point and with the parliamentary arithmetic as it is, an evens chance at least that it could pass.

However, without the Liberal Democrats' 14 votes, Mr. Corbyn's plan is unlikely to succeed.

Asked how he can deliver this pledge given the lack of movement from the EU and opposition from MPs, Mr Johnson said: "There's a awful kind of collaboration, as it were, going on between people who think they can block Brexit in Parliament and our European friends".

"I suspect it would be days" after Parliament returns, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Labour's business spokeswoman, told BBC radio on Thursday.

Opponents of no deal say it would be a disaster for what was once one of the West's most stable democracies.

Brexit supporters say while there may be short-term disruption, it would provide a clean break from the struggling bloc and eventually allow the economy to thrive. Meaning the prospect of no-deal exit on October 31 looms large. But Johnson is playing a risky game and if he does go for a No Deal Brexit he could find the electorate saying No Deal to him.

Britain's fractious opposition politicians are giving a mixed reception to a plan by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to block a no-deal Brexit.

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