Jeremy Corbyn and other opposition leaders agree plan to stop no-deal Brexit

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Jeremy Corbyn and other opposition leaders agree plan to stop no-deal Brexit

A vote of no confidence pushed back.

The Labour leader invited the Westminster parties to a crunch meeting in his Commons office to discuss tactics on how to prevent Boris Johnson from crashing the UK out of the bloc without a deal.

Jeremy Corbyn and other opposition leaders have agreed to try to stop no-deal using ‘legislation’ after efforts to agree on installing a caretaker prime minister floundered.

Labour was forced to change tack and accept alternatives to its plan to install Jeremy Corbyn as a caretaker Prime Minister.

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has told the BBC’s World at One programme that the meeting in Jeremy Corbyn’s office with other leaders trying to stop no-deal Brexit was “very positive”. Swinson confirmed that the leaders did not discuss who would lead a caretaker government if the prime minister lost a vote of no confidence.

But Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson refused to back Jeremy Corbyn as a caretaker PM – prompting Labour figures to brand her “petulant”.

Installing Corbyn as interim PM  has been put on the back burner

MPs in the meeting confirmed Labour’s original plan to hold a no-confidence vote and install Corbyn as interim PM has been put on the back burner.

It is understood Corbyn opened meeting with party leaders and MPs saying he would prioritise legislation to stop no deal. Efforts will focus on passing bills, forcing publication of documents and stopping prorogation. Also agreement that parliament must oppose conference recess.

Labour’s plan would have seen the party call a no-confidence vote in the government, putting him in power where he would then call an election and a second EU referendum.

Labour today accepted installing Mr Corbyn as caretaker – which would happen through a no-confidence vote in the government – was now unlikely due to lack of real support from the Lib Dems however the Labour Party see legislation through parliament as the other option.

Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said another option would be to seize control of the House of Commons business to block no-deal.

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

A joint statement from the party leaders issued by Labour said: “The leaders of the opposition parties held a productive and detailed meeting on stopping a disastrous No Deal exit from the EU.

party leaders are still discussing the actual methodology” of how the legislative route might work, suggesting more details will only be made public in due course.

LEADERS OPPOSING NO-DEAL BREXIT ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT

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