Jeremy Corbyn has called on MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit to back his attempt to form a “strictly time-limited” government, insisting he would call a General Election and campaign for a second referendum. The Labour leader wrote to backbenchers and other opposition party leaders promising to extend Article 50 and push for “a public vote on the terms of leaving the European Union, including an option to Remain”. The Leader of the Opposition has written to party leaders including the Liberal Democrats’ Jo Swinson, the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas and the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford, as well as prominent pro-Remain Tories such as Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Caroline Spelman. Remain-supporting MPs have been plotting alternative plans for a coalition opposed to a no-deal Brexit that would not be led by Corbyn. Senior Liberal Democrats rejected Corbyn’s plan, with Swinson calling it a “nonsense”. “Jeremy Corbyn is not the person who is going to be able to build an even temporary majority in the House of Commons for this task – I would expect there are people in his own party and indeed the necessary Conservative backbenchers who would be unwilling to support him,” she said. Arch Tory… Read full this story
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