Corbyn told to drop ‘ego’ as temporary PM plan rejected

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By Greg Heffer, political reporter 

Jeremy Corbyn has been told there is no time to “muck about with people’s egos” after his plan to become a temporary prime minister in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit was rejected.

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The Labour leader has written to the leaders of other political parties and senior backbenchers from across parliament to set out his proposals to stop the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement in 77 days’ time.

He wants to oust Boris Johnson from 10 Downing Street through a no-confidence vote, before forming a caretaker government that would seek a further delay to Brexit and arrange a general election.

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Mr Corbyn also confirmed Labour would enter a general election committed to a referendum on the terms of leaving the EU, including an option to Remain.

A group of senior Conservative MPs – Dominic Grieve, Sir Oliver Letwin and Dame Caroline Spelman – have agreed to meet with Mr Corbyn to discuss his proposals, although Sky News understands Dame Caroline wouldn’t support a Corbyn-led government “in any circumstance”.

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And, in her first speech since being elected Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson ruled out supporting Mr Corbyn’s plans.

“Instead of doing everything in his power to stop us from crashing out, he is demanding the keys to Number 10 as a pre-condition for a vote of no confidence,” said Ms Swinson, who leads 14 MPs in the House of Commons.

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Jeremy Corbyn told to drop ‘ego’ as temporary PM plan rejected

Jeremy Corbyn has been told there is no time to “muck about with people’s egos” after his plan to become a temporary prime minister in order to avoid a no-deal Brexit was rejected.

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