LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s opposition Labour Party began its campaign to bring down Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging lawmakers to back a no-confidence vote and unite behind a caretaker government led by Jeremy Corbyn to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
FILE PHOTO: Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn gestures as he speaks during a rally calling for a general election in London, Britain July 25,2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
Johnson has promised to take Britain out of the European Union by Oct. 31, with or without a deal, setting the scene for a showdown in parliament where lawmakers are opposed to a divorce without a transition agreement.
However, the scale of the challenge facing anti-Brexit forces was immediately made clear when the leader of pro-EU party the Liberal Democrats described the proposal as nonsense and Labour leader Corbyn as the wrong man for the job.
In a letter to opposition party leaders and several senior rebel Conservatives, Corbyn said his “strictly time-limited temporary government” would delay Brexit and hold an election.
He said Labour would then campaign in the election for a second referendum on the Brexit terms, including an option as to whether Britain should remain after all.
“This government has no mandate for No Deal, and the 2016 EU referendum provided no mandate for No Deal,” Corbyn said. “I therefore intend to table a vote of no confidence at the earliest opportunity when we can be confident of success.”
A spokeswoman for Johnson’s Downing Street office said the Labour leader was showing contempt for the 2016 referendum. “Jeremy Corbyn believes that the people are the servants and politicians can cancel public votes they don’t like,” she said.
Lawmakers return from their summer break on Sept.