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UK's Labour vows to bring down Johnson and lead temporary government

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By Kate Holton

Britain's opposition Labour Party has vowed to call a vote of no-confidence in Boris Johnson's government as soon as it believes it can win it and seeks to form a temporary government under leader Jeremy Corbyn to delay Brexit.

Prime Minister 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.

In a letter to party leaders and other senior politicians, Corbyn said his "strictly time-limited temporary government" would delay Britain's departure from the EU beyond Oct 31 and hold a general election.

He said Labour would campaign in the election to hold a second referendum on the Brexit terms, including an option as to whether the country should remain in the bloc three years after it voted to leave.

"This government has no mandate for No Deal, and the 2016 EU referendum provided no mandate for No Deal," Corbyn said in the letter to other opposition party leaders, and high profile cross-party politicians.

"I therefore intend to table a vote of no confidence at the earliest opportunity when we can be confident of success."

Lawmakers return from their summer break on Sept 3, reconvening for a battle over Brexit that will determine the fortunes of the world's fifth-largest economy.

Johnson, who led the 2016 campaign to leave the EU, has staked his premiership on getting Britain out by Oct. 31, prompting politicians from all sides to try to stop him.

On Wednesday he said those trying to block Brexit were engaged in "a terrible kind of collaboration", after former finance minister Philip Hammond said parliament would block a no-deal exit, and that the government must respect it.

Were Johnson's government to lose a no-confidence vote, lawmakers would have a 14-day period to try to form a new administration, otherwise a general election would be called which could be held after the Oct 31 exit date.

"Jeremy Corbyn wants to cancel the referendum and argue about Brexit for years," Johnson said on Twitter. "I am committed to leading our country forward and getting Britain out of the EU by October 31st."

Opponents of a no-deal exit say it would be a disaster for what was one of the West's most stable democracies, shattering supply chains, damaging global growth, and weakening Britain's standing in the world.

Brexit supporters say while there may be short-term disruption, it would provide a clean break from the bloc and allow the economy to thrive.

Parliamentary votes have shown there is a small majority against a no-deal Brexit and Corbyn, a low-key Remain campaigner during the 2016 referendum, has come under pressure from his own side to step up efforts to prevent it from happening.

He said he hoped his proposals could "halt the serious threat of No Deal, end the uncertainty and disarray, and allow the public to decide the best way ahead for our country".

But Corbyn, a veteran socialist, is a highly divisive figure in parliament and could struggle to form a majority of his own.

While the political turmoil of the last year has led to an unprecedented level of cross-party cooperation, many in Johnson's Conservative Party and others would still find it difficult to vote for Corbyn.

Jo Swinson, the new leader of the pro-EU Liberal Democrat party which has 13 Lawmakers in the 650-seat parliament, described the proposal as "nonsense".

"Jeremy Corbyn is not the person who is going to be able to build an even temporary majority in the House of Commons for this task," she said. "I would expect there are people in his own party and indeed the necessary Conservative backbenchers who would be unwilling to support him."

She is due to set out her own proposal to work with other parties to block a no-deal Brexit on Thursday.

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I am really starting to wonder whether Corbyn is doing this all deliberately because he wants Brexit.

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No, Brexit is a Stalemate.... UK Politicians are indecisive and have caused all this problem in the first place.

They say they want a deal, but wont accept the one that was worked on. EU says it wont renegotiate a new deal... so where do you go from there ?]

Give Northern Ireland back to Ireland ? .... this seems the only option to break the impasse, since other pseudo options have been rejected.

Perhaps the Queen should take over the Rule of Law and disband Parliament ? Or Simply within her rights refuse to partake in any Royal duty - which would... effectively (apparently) close down (& Legally) any UK Government changes....

The US Democrats with their Threats relating to the Good Friday Agreement... can be construed as support for Terrorist activities in case of a breakdown in discussions.... in which case all Democrat Party members should be held account and tried in Court as Supporting Terrorism.... plain and simple.

I hope people calm down, and view a reasonable approach on how to handle this choice.

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BTW... Corbyn appears to be what he is....

What many call a "Leftist" Politician... seemingly because he is one who wishes to listen to the views of the "Opposite" side, even if they are being seen as "Terrorists" by the "Opposite" Side.

I respect him for that.

He's at least trying to make an informed "self-educated" judgement...

If he comes up with one that he can't properly explain to our liking,

then in the UK,

we at least, have the Democratic right of not voting for him (and his party)... plain and simple.

I would relish the opportunity to invite him for a private Family Dinner... as that can sometimes tell you a lot about a Person (outside) of their Public life... and Public life is mostly fake anyway... just look to U-Tube/Instagram for examples of that. I try to avoid being dictated to by the Press, and look between the lines, or what is being written... but it's clearly getting hard to do this these days.. how do you determine what is "Fake" news and what is "Real" news... Certainly in China (Shanghai)... first hand experience, has shown me, Real News (an event), can be turned to Fake by "Official" sources.... which certainly confuses matters for the Individual.

My thoughts above for "Corbyn" also apply to any "Politician" .. though Tokyo is a bit off the track for most UK ones these days,and I don't really know what those who came hoped to achieve really... waste of UK public payers money... a Video Conference call would have been more appropriate - and if the UK wishes to promote itself as a Centre of "Tech"... clearly more appropriate and "topically" ... "Environmentally Friendlier".

That message may not have reached some...

On that, environmental issue.. I also wonder however, if this "upstart".... "Greta Thunberg" is seeking some kind of Martyrdom through her voyage to the US in a Sail boat... should she be succumbed to the Seas, we will probably hear that this was due to Global Warming... (not like it's never happened before), and her efforts alone to draw attention to a phenomenon known as "Global Warming" outweigh those of other "Protesters".... ) .

Proper Environmentalists can demonstrate impact, and have dedicated their lives to doing so, and should be listened to as "Authorities" upon the subject matter in their Field of experience. Why should she ... reap the benefits of $, from their Work, simply because she's a "Young Person using Social Media" ? I can understand the like of "Richard Atternberg" being happy to see her as connecting to Young people... but Folks.. please. She is nothing other than the current "Statue of Liberty" to the cause. Do not, please, forget those, who are doing the actual hard work of proving the issue.

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Jeremy Corbyn desperately wanted to be PM and begging other minority party to support him. He has offered for a second referendum in return for support him and let him be a caretaker Prime Minister. British peoples had voted for divorce from EU.

Poor Jeremy Corbyn. He has no clue about why he and his Labor Party haven't won the election.

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