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Cab ride to queen: Johnson rivals eye a very British power grab

LONDON (Reuters) – British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn would dash across London in a cab to Buckingham Palace and tell Queen Elizabeth “We’re taking over” should Prime Minister Boris Johnson refuse to quit if he lost a no-confidence vote, Corbyn’s deputy says.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in London, Britain July 3, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Traditionally, a new British prime minister travels to the queen’s official residence in a choreographed procession of official cars to be formally appointed as the nation’s leader.

But with the meter running down towards Britain’s exit from the bloc, Labour Party deputy leader John McDonnell suggested a break with such pomp and ceremony might be needed.

Johnson, who heads a minority government, has promised that Oct. 31 will be Britain’s last day as an EU member, with or without a withdrawal agreement.

Commentators have suggested that parliament, where a majority are opposed to a no-deal Brexit, could call a vote of no-confidence in him before then, most likely in September.

But some reports say Johnson co

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