Published On: Wed, Aug 7th, 2019

How Theresa May's grim 'coalition of chaos' forecast may actually come true, expert warns


But ITV journalist Robert Peston has said the chances of blocking no deal and even having a potential second referendum may be undermined by a divided opposition. Though the Greens and Plaid Cmryu stood aside in the recent Brecon and Radnorshire by election to allow Jane Dodds of the Liberal Democrats to win the seat, Mr Peston said the parties appeared divided on a strategy to defeat Boris Johnson. He wrote for ITV: “Unless MPs can coalesce around a simple single strategy, Johnson and his most important aide Dominic Cummings win: the UK will be out, sans EU settlement, on October 31.

“But Labour, the SNP and the Lib Dems all have their own ideas about how to stymie Johnson. And they will not and probably cannot hunt in a pack.”

Pointing out John McDonnell had ruled out a national Government, he explained: “Labour would form its own government under Jeremy Corbyn or Johnson would stay, he implied. And it is almost inconceivable that Corbyn can win enough backing from rebel Tories, as well as the other opposition parties, to command the confidence of the Commons.

“There is only the remotest chance of Labour rallying round Ken Clarke or Jo Swinson as possible anti-no-deal PMs for however long or short would be needed to persuade the EU to provide a further extension of our membership of the EU.

“And as for MPs seizing control of the order paper, if that prospect were to loom Johnson would call Labour’s bluff, say he wants a general election and dare Labour and other opposition parties to refuse his request – which I cannot conceive they would ever do.”

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He said the situation meant Mr Johnson might prefer a snap election: “By the way, Johnson and Cummings are acutely aware that a referendum is much more dangerous for them than a general election.

“Because in a referendum, the Remain side would be united and coherent – whereas in a general election the anti-no-deal opposition would be engaged in internecine warfare that would consume them and turbocharge Johnson back into 10 Downing Street.

“So I am not surprised that Johnson and his colleagues seem as confident as they do.”

New Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has consistently ruled out entering a coalition with Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.

Ms Swinson was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs in the Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition Government.

She would go on to be one of the Liberal Democrats to lose her seat in the 2015 general election, as the SNP’s John Nicholson won the East Dunbartonshire seat she had held for ten years.

In the election, the Nick Clegg lead party kit 49 seats as they went from 57 to eight, losing 15.1 percentage points.

Ms Swinson would regain her seat two years later.



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