News | Published September 29 2019

SNP suggests they would back interim Corbyn government

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP, has suggested she would back Jeremy Corbyn to lead a short-term government to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Replying to a tweet from Sonia Sodha, a journalist for the Guardian and the Observer, Sturgeon stated she “agreed” with Sodha’s assertion that the “only failsafe way [to avoid a no-deal Brexit] is ensuring we get an extension, if there’s no deal, for opposition parties to pass a vote of no confidence and install Corbyn or someone else as PM.”

She added that leaving the EU without a deal was a “terrible” idea and that she did not want to leave "Johnson in post". 

Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, echoed these sentiments. 

He told the BBC that “We need to remove Boris Johnson from office. We need to take the keys of Number 10 away from him.

“The key issue here is extending Article 50 and having an election. Whether its Jeremy Corbyn or someone else – we need a candidate who can deliver on that mandate of extending Article 50 and calling an immediate election.”

When pressed over whether this meant the SNP would support Corbyn, Blackford replied: “We will put in Number 10 whoever can deliver an extension to Article 50 and an immediate election.

“This isn’t about a government of national unity…it’s a mechanism to extend Article 50 and deliver an election.”

While the SNP may be warming to the idea of a short-term Corbyn government, both the Liberal Democrats and the large group of former Tory MPs remain unconvinced.

Luciana Berger, who is standing for the Liberal Democrats in Finchley and Golders Green, told the Jewish Chronicle that the Liberal Democrats “would not enter any coalition with Corbyn as prime minister” or support "any government led by him.”

According to Berger, Swinson said it would be “impossible” for the Lib Dems to work with Corbyn in “any sort of arrangement.”  

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George Salmon
Political Editor
September 29 2019

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