Brexit: Johnson's Government Could Face No Confidence Vote


Labour shadow Education Secretary reiterated her party's opposition to a vote of no confidence before a Brexit extension is secured via the Benn Act, telling the BBC's Andrew Marr show that the priority was avoiding a no-deal scenario.

The SNP's former deputy leader Stewart Hosie told the BBC on Saturday a plan to install an interim government whose sole goal is to secure a Brexit extension might be the best way to make sure Britain does not leave the European Union without a deal on October 31.

Hosie, a former SNP deputy leader, said the aim was to stop a no-deal Brexit, and that all opposition parties and Tory rebels needed to be united.

"If another name came forward that was acceptable to everybody - a Ken Clarke or Dominic Grieve type figure - then self-evidently that would be a good thing to do", he said. The biggest obstacle in that regard appears to be who would serve as Prime Minister even on a temporary basis.

Their leader Jo Swinson has insisted that they could not back Corbyn as an interim prime minister, preferring someone who she feels would have more support.

Her representative in Westminster, Ian Blackford, said the SNP was "desperate" for an election.

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However, Opposition MPs and many members of his own Conservation Party had accused him to trying to escape parliamentary scrutiny during a crunch phase ahead of the October 31 Brexit deadline.

"If Jo Swinson and the Lib Dems are actually serious about stopping Brexit then they need to stop playing political games [and] get on board with everybody else".

"Yet they wouldn't do what they need to for a few days perhaps in order to make sure we can get to a situation where we can hold a general election in future".

"All MPs will be available for votes in the House of Commons".

Corbyn said Saturday that he had a "productive meeting" with opposition parties on Thursday, according to PA.

"If that is not in place and effectively pre-agreed, then we might end up having the general election on Boris Johnson's terms, allowing him to run down the clock and crash out without a deal".