CNN London reports this weekend that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be forced out of office next week as opposition lawmakers try to join forces with an interim administration in a bid to secure another Brexit delay.
According to the report: “Senior Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Stewart Hosie told the BBC on Saturday there was a real chance a House of Commons no confidence vote could take place in the government next week.
“If Johnson lost that vote, he could be forced to let Labour leader Jeremy Corby try to form a minority government,” the report said.
“Corbyn himself is a divisive opposition leader, having faced criticism for his vague Brexit stance and failure to stamp out anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.
“His approval rating of minus 60 points makes him the least popular of any opposition leader on record, and support for Labour is stuck in the mid-20s — well short of the level required to win a majority in the UK Parliament,” the report added.
“Hosie warned that sending Corbyn to Downing Street may be the only way to ensure the UK does not crash out of the European Union on October 31.
“For a vote of no confidence to succeed in Parliament, all opposition parties would need to support it.”
He told BBC News: “We have to do that because there is now no confidence that the Prime Minister will obey the law and seek the extension which Parliament voted for only a few weeks ago.”
The report noted that Johnson has consistently used the controversial phrase “surrender act” to describe the legislation that Parliament passed to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
That legislation requires him “to ask for an extension if he cannot get a new deal with the EU by October 19”.
Johnson has said he calls the law ‘surrender act’ because it was “intended to damage this country’s negotiation position.
“It would oblige us to stay in the EU for month after month at a cost of a billion pounds per month, it would take away from this country the ability to decide how long that extension would be, and it would give that power to the EU, it would absolutely undermine our ability to continue to negotiate because it takes away our ability to walk away from the negotiation,” Johnson said.
Speaking at the Labour Conference, Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, Hosie warned that it may be the only chance for lawmakers if they are “serious about blocking a no-deal Brexit.
“If we are serious about the extension that is the only game in town. This is a short term procedure in order to get the extension to Article 50 and then to have an election,” he said.
“[The Liberal Democrats] need to stop playing political games [and] get on board with everyone else. If this is the only game in town, they need to play it or nothing.”
The Labour leader also reiterated that their priority “is to prevent a no-deal exit from the European Union on the 31st”.