The plot to stop Brexit could see Remain MPs form a “government of national unity” to overthrow Boris Johnson and request an extension to Britain’s departure from the EU. By definition it would also overturn the democratic will of the British people who voted to leave the EU in 2016. The news comes as it emerged a cross-party group, including Tory MPs, are spending the recess plotting to stop Boris Johnson leaving the EU without a deal.
Remainers are understood to be plotting to install a “unity Prime Minister” for a few days with the sole intention of extending Article 50 and then calling a general election, according to the Financial Times.
An un-named Labour MP said: “If the Government loses a confidence vote and Jeremy can’t win the confidence of the Commons, the question then is whether some other government might be formed.
“There is the possibility of a ‘letter-writing government’ forming — a government whose sole function would be to do what Johnson won’t – writing to the EU to extend Article 50.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has threatened to call a vote of no confidence in the Government this autumn in an attempt to stop a no-deal Brexit.
He said the party would do this “when we can win it”, but added it would be at an “appropriate very early time,” thought to be as soon as MPs return from their summer break in early September.
A no confidence vote would force Mr Johnson in to a 14-day “cooling off” period, which would leave room for an alternative government to attempt to form a majority in the House of Commons before a General Election can be called.
The new Remainer government would be made up of MPs from the Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, Scottish nationalists, Green party and Plaid Cymru.
But the Prime Minister’s most senior aide Dominic Cummings has laughed off Remainer attempts, warning it was too late to block no-deal even if there was a general election.
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But this morning it emerged a cross-party group of MPs are spending the recess plotting to stop Mr Johnson leaving without a deal.
But it is fraught with difficulty and MPs face substantial Parliamentary and legal hurdles to force Boris Johnson off course.
Senior Tory MPs – dubbed the “kamikazes” for their willingness to bring the Government down – have stepped up talks with Labour and other opposition parties in response to the growing threat.
The move could lead to a general election taking place just as the UK is due to finally leave the EU.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell confirmed Labour would work with other parties, including Tory MPs, to block no deal.
He claimed that Mr Johnson was “on manoeuvres” ahead of a potential autumn election, adding: “Either October or the Spring”.
Labour MP Jack Dromey, a key player in the talks, said cross-party work would continue throughout the summer.
He said: “There is an utter determination that we will stop a no deal.
“The question is when and what mechanism. But that move will happen. It will happen.”