Jeremy Corbyn Brexit plot FOILED: Labour drops no confidence demand as Remainers divided

The leaders of the Lib Dems, SNP, Plaid Cymru, the Green Party and the Independent Group for Change met with Mr Corbyn this morning to discuss ways to block a no deal Brexit. Mr Corbyn had earlier positioned himself as a potential caretaker prime minister, in the event of a successful ousting of Mr Johnson. But it appears no agreement has yet been met between the Remainers chiefs, with the group agreeing to meet again.

The other party leaders are believed to be favouring a “legislative” approach, rather than an all-or-nothing confidence vote in Mr Johnson.

MPs in the meeting have no confirmed Labour’s original plan to hold a no-confidence vote and install Corbyn as interim PM has now been shelved.

Mr Corbyn met the Westminster leaders of the Lib Dems, SNP , Plaid Cymru and Change UK in his Commons office at 11am.

The meeting was held exactly one week before MPs return from their summer break.

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson – an outspoken critic of Mr Corbyn – refused refused to the leader as a caretaker PM.

In response, senior Labour figures branded the nw Lib Dem leader as “petulant”.

Speaking on The World At One programme, Ms Swinson said opposition politicians did not discuss who would lead a caretaker government.

READ MORE: Remainer alliance implodes: Corbyn and Swinson on verge of fall-out

Manwhile, Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit Secretary, said another option would be for the alliance to seize control of House of Commons business to block no-deal.

Sir Keir said he was “very supportive” of the alternative plan – and said “we’ve got to have a plan that we can all get behind”.

The leaders of all six parties said in a joint statement: “Jeremy Corbyn outlined the legal advice he has received from shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti which calls Boris Johnson’s plans to suspend parliament to force through a no-deal ‘the gravest abuse of power and attack upon UK constitutional principle in living memory’.

“The attendees agreed that Boris Johnson has shown himself open to using anti-democratic means to force through no deal.

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“The attendees agreed on the urgency to act together to find practical ways to prevent no-deal, including the possibility of passing legislation and a vote of no confidence.

“The party leaders agreed to further meetings.”

Anna Soubry, leader of the Independent Group for Change, tweeted: “Excellent meeting between all the opposition party leaders this morning. We agree we will work together to stop a no deal #Brexit by legislation.’

“The legislative route is the way to stop it… We are not going to go into all the detail on it but it is about parliament doing its job, about MPs doing our job, representing our constituents.

“We need legislation to stop us crashing off a cliff on October 31 and we have agreed on that and we would support it.”

Asked if she would back Mr  if he campaigned for Remain in any future referendum, she said: “I have to confess I don’t see that happening.”

“It has been frustrating over the last several months and years to see time and again the Labour Party not take the opportunities that they would have had to avert the catastrophe of Brexit.

“I think ultimately Jeremy ‘s personal view is quite different to that.”


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