Tories line up to join Jeremy Corbyn against “no-deal” Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn: According to some commentators, he has played a “blinder”.

A former Tory – and a current one – have already signed on to support Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to stop Boris Johnson’s “no deal” Brexit.

Mr Corbyn has written to opposition party leaders in the House of Commons, along with key Conservatives, calling on them to support an early vote of “no confidence” in September, followed by a short-term Corbyn-led government whose purpose is solely to stop “no deal” Brexit and call a general election.

We already know that the Scottish National Party has said it will support the plan – if Mr Corbyn can demonstrate an ability to command a majority in the House of Commons.

Former Conservative Nick Boles, who resigned from the party because of its mishandling of Brexit, announced that he was supporting the plan earlier today (August 15).

Then Welsh Conservative MP Guto Bebb said he would back Mr Corbyn as well. His argument may prove persuasive to others:

The Green Party and Plaid Cymru have indicated interest – although both Caroline Lucas and Liz Saville-Roberts have claimed that Mr Corbyn should have committed to a people’s vote before a general election.

And Tory rebels Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Caroline Spelman have released a statement that they will talk with the Labour leadership.

It seems the only people guaranteed to oppose the Corbyn plan are Liberal Democrats.

Or are they?

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has become the whipping-girl of Parliament with her claim that Mr Corbyn would not be able to attract support – and has made it worse with another unwise suggestion that either Harriet Harman or Kenneth Clarke would be unobjectionable leaders the Commons could get behind.

Labour’s Angela Rayner was scathing:

Actually, let’s watch her saying it – I’ve got a video clip:

And there are other arguments…

And it seems the party leader who – if I recall correctly – said Jeremy Corbyn should quit because he can’t command the support of all his MPs… cannot command the support of all her MPs:

If you’re wondering about the meaning of “Meatloaf Remainer”, see:

And whose is the dissenting voice?

It belongs to Sarah Wollaston, the newest defector to be recruited to the Lib Dem ranks.

She said a temporary Jeremy Corbyn-led government would be “the lesser of two evils” in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Unfortunately we cannot praise her judgement unreservedly as she also said she didn’t think any Conservatives would support Mr Corbyn’s plan.

Battle lines are being drawn, and it seems likely only Ms Swinson, BoJob and the ERG (hard-Brexiteers the European Research Group) will end up on the side opposing Mr Corbyn. Come back soon for more revelations.

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2 thoughts on “Tories line up to join Jeremy Corbyn against “no-deal” Brexit

  1. Gary

    Two Tories – all that’s needed plus EVERY opposition party MP to a man/woman.

    The next largest party after Labour, SNP, have ALWAYS said they are willing to cooperate to ensure that the Tories are ‘locked out of no10’ The LibDems are a minority party these days. They get interviews and publicity simply because of their previous results, this is ‘legacy power’ not real power. However, in THIS case alone they ARE needed.

    If both the Greens and Plaid are indeed on board it would be difficult politically for them to hold out and refuse to cooperate thus allowing Brexit to go ahead.

    BUT, just because it’s a stupid idea and could kill them (stone dead this time) politically doesn’t mean they won’t do it. I spent many years in the Civil Service and saw EXCEPTIONALLY stupid ideas enacted by governments when they were well warned in advance of the horrendous consequences (not just for others but for them politically)

    But even IF they do come on board, can ALL of Labour’s MPs be counted on? There’s more than one who actively campaigned for Brexit and at least one who wants a HARD Brexit. Remember, it needs ALL of them without exception to come on board.

    This may indeed prove impossible. Even it IS possible, then what?? We’re left in the same position as we are now and we have no consensus on where to go afterwards. A General Election may not prove decisive either, this saga could run on and on and on…

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