Jeremy Corbyn has outlined plans to defeat a no-deal Brexit under Prime Minister Boris Johnson by securing a general election as leader of a “strictly time-limited” caretaker government after winning a no-confidence vote.
The Labour leader would also secure an extension to the Article 50 process to delay the UK leaving the European Union past the current October 31 deadline.
Corbyn outlined his plan on Wednesday in a letter to Westminster’s opposition leaders and key Conservative rebels including Dominic Grieve and Sir Oliver Letwin.
It comes amid persistent fears of a chaotic and damaging no-deal Brexit under the prime minister’s “do or die” commitment to leave the EU by the deadline.
“This Government has no mandate for no-deal, and the 2016 EU referendum provided no mandate for no-deal,” Corbyn wrote.
“I, therefore, intend to table a vote of no confidence at the earliest opportunity when we can be confident of success.
“Following a successful vote of no confidence in the Government, I would then, as Leader of the Opposition, seek the confidence of the house for a strictly time-limited temporary government with the aim of calling a general election, and securing the necessary extension of Article 50 to do so.”
Corbyn said Labour would campaign in that election for a second referendum on EU membership with the option to “remain” available to voters.
In the letter sent to the SNP’s Ian Blackford, Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, he concluded that he hopes to discuss the proposals with them further to “end the uncertainty and disarray”.
Corbyn has repeatedly ruled out working in coalition with other opposition parties as the Brexit impasse has deepened.
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