Published On: Fri, Sep 27th, 2019

Sturgeon forms secret pact to back Corbyn for Number 10 ‘whether people like it or not’ | Politics | News

SNP chiefs believe Boris Johnson needs to be ousted as Prime Minister in order to take a no deal Brexit completely off the table. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, and Ian Blackford, leader of the SNP in Westminster, are willing to go to such lengths as to hold a vote of no confidence and install Jeremy Corbyn as a caretaker prime minister, according to ITV news. They hope such a move would prevent a no deal Brexit and ensure a general election is held after October 31.

A source close to the SNP leadership told ITV: “It is increasingly clear that we will have to install a new prime minister via a vote of no confidence so that we can request a delay to Brexit and hold an election.

“The convention is absolutely clear that it is the leader of the opposition – in this case, Jeremy Corbyn – who should become prime minister in those circumstances.

“Trying to find a compromise candidate, a national unity candidate, is too complicated, especially in the time we have.

“Whether people like it or not, the temporary prime minister has to be Corbyn.”

The source said that the other opposition parties, including the 34 independent MPs, would have to agree to back the Labour leader if they want to avoid a no deal Brexit.

But many are deeply hostile to the idea of Mr Corbyn becoming prime minister, even if it is only for a very short period of time.

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has repeatedly ruled out propping up the Labour leader, saying Mr Corbyn is unfit to be prime minister.

The 21 former Tory MPs expelled by Mr Johnson for defying the Tory whip are also unlikely to support Mr Corbyn.

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“We’ve heard that from a whole range of different MPs so the question is how can we solve this chaos as quickly as possible.”

Instead, he proposed two other senior Commons figures who are likely to command a larger majority.

Sir Ed suggested Harriet Harman, the Mother of the House, and Ken Clarke, the Father of the House.

But while opposition MPs cannot agree on who should lead a temporary Government, if the Prime Minister lost a vote of no confidence, they are united in describing Mr Johnson as “unfit to govern”.

They have all called for the Prime Minister’s resignation in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that said the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful.

Mr Johnson has also come under fire for his language in the House of Commons this week.

Jess Phillips, a Labour backbencher, accused him of using words “entirely designed to inflame hatred and division”.

The Prime Minister has been warned by some MPs that his provocative language could hamper his attempts to secure a Brexit deal in the Commons.

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