Boris Johnson moved to Downing Street in late July, he assures the British with a “new and better deal” from the EU respectively. He believes that he can only achieve this if Brussels is convinced that the kingdom will leave, if necessary, even without an agreement on 31 October. Because Johnson, unlike his predecessor, not only rhetorically supports this alternative, but seriously prepares the nation for it, many fear that it could come to a “no-deal-Brexit” in two months.
To prevent this, the opposition parties have now made. Their leaders met in London on Tuesday, a week before the official end of the summer break, to discuss strategies. The meeting ended – said the Green MP Caroline Lucas – “complete unity” that it was an unregulated United Kingdom and European Union referendum to prevent a legislative initiative.
Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, who had recently proposed another no-deal prevention strategy and offered himself as interim head of government. After a successful vote of no confidence against Johnson, he was prepared to apply as Prime Minister to the EU for a further extension of the withdrawal period and then to start new elections quickly. But the attack failed already on the new Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, who does not want to help put Corbyn in office.
Corbyn also received rejections from among the pro-European Tory MPs – and without them, a change of power does not work. Corbyn would have to bring a vote in the lower house after a vote of no confidence within two weeks. For this he would need a number of Tory votes, because some Brexiteers on the opposition banks would probably not support the coup.
A vote of no confidence was still one of the options that were played through on Tuesday by the opposition parties. More chances would have a parliamentary overthrow of the head of government may be that the lower house would not enthrone Corbyn, but a cross-party respected personality. In conversation are the “father” and the “mother” of the house, the Conservative Ken Clarke and the Labor MP Harriet Harman. A vote of no confidence remains an option, Lucas said, but it was agreed that it was the “riskier strategy”.
The reason given by the Greens was that Johnson could use a vote of no confidence in his turn new election initiate. This in turn, he could lay out so that the election campaign, in which the Parliament is traditionally resting, in the last weeks of October falls. Thus, the deputies no longer have a way to prevent an unregulated Brexit.
A vote of no confidence from the point of view of the opposition, but probably because his success would be anything but sure and Johnson could even strengthen. Equally uncertain, however, is whether the opposition can come to grips with its legislative initiative and repeat the success of spring when it forced Theresa May to request a stay in Brussels. A “contact group” is now to coordinate the wording and timetable of the legislative initiative.