A proposal to install Commons President John Bercow as prime minister of an interim "national unity" government has been touted by the Labor Party as "fantasy football" as Brexit's deadline approaches.
In his quest to avoid a Brexit without compromise, the Liberal Democrat apparently put Bercow's idea in the role of prime minister if Boris Johnson's government collapsed after a vote of distrust.
Bercow's cabinet would be made up of "fair-skinned" lawmakers who will not attend the upcoming elections and thus would not be seen as too much supporters, according to a Times report.
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But the notion was received with little enthusiasm from the Labor Party, with Shami Chakrabarti, shadow attorney general, saying it is "fantasy football" and unrealistic. "I find it very unlikely. I really think what we need to focus on is to set aside any deal … and then go to a general election," Chakrabarti told BBC Andrew Marr.
Chakrabarti reiterated Labor's desire for an election "on this side of Christmas" – but only after Johnson complies with the Benn Act, which requires him to seek another Brexit delay in Brussels if no deal is struck by October 19 and means he could not fetch one & # 39; no agreement will be reached without parliamentary approval.
Johnson dubbed Benn's Law an "act of surrender" and commented that he would rather be "dead in a ditch" than ask for a new Brexit extension, but also said his government would abide by the law, although it is unclear exactly what it is. . plan is. A Sunday Telegraph report suggested that the prime minister could use the UK veto to undermine the EU's seven-year budget or even send Brexit superfan Nigel Farage to Brussels as the next EU Commissioner in the UK.
Work's reaction to Bercow's suggestion for the first job highlights the opposition's disagreements over who would be in a better position to lead a government that would delay Brexit. Corbyn asked the Lib Dems and other opposition parties to support him in leading a "limited time" government.
Bercow, leader of the "national unity". Hilarious. The man is the most biased and shameful speaker in UK history. He is a puppet of the European Union. In days gone by, he would be tried for treason. https://t.co/KZtPUDqZ3c
– Jamie Bryson (@JamieBrysonCPNI) October 5, 2019
Anyone who suggested that President John Bercow, MP, could be the ideal interim prime minister for forming a National Unity government must be "brain dead." He gives the impression of being the quintessential disciple of division and disunity!
– David Buik (@ truemagic68) October 6, 2019
Bercow's idea as prime minister is unlikely to be welcomed by Brexit fans, who normally regard the president as biased in favor of parliamentarians who prefer to stay in the EU or accept a Brussels deal they consider less than ideal.
Bercow revealed last month that he planned to step down after a 10-year reign as speaker on 31 October, the same day Britain is due to leave the EU.
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