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VoiceOpposition parties could stage a vote of confidence in the Government next week to prevent no-deal Brexit, a senior SNP MP has said.
Boris Johnson ‘Could Face No-Confidence Vote Next Week’, Senior SNP MP Says
Stewart Hosie said the plan – to put in place an interim government to secure a Brexit extension – appeared to be the only way to ensure Britain did not “crash out” of the EU on October 31.
However, he acknowledged that in order to succeed, it would require all the opposition parties to get behind it, and called on the Liberal Democrats to stop . “playing political games”. 
The SNP have indicated that they could support a temporary government led by Jeremy Corbyn, however they could have a tough time convincing the Liberal Democrats and Tory rebel who are not prepared to put the Labour leader in No. 10.
Hosie however warned that they may have no other option if they were serious about preventing a no-deal Brexit and securing a further extension to the Article 50 withdrawal process.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, he said there was now no confidence that the prime minister will obey the law and seek the extension that Parliament voted for only a few weeks ago.
“If we are serious about the extension, that is the only game in town.”
Hosie’s intervention follows talks between the opposition party leaders at Westminster aimed at preventing a no-deal exit from the EU. 
So far, they have been reluctant to go for a confidence vote fearing that under the terms of the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act Johnson could, if he is defeated, delay a general election until after October 31 by which time Britain will be out of the EU.
However Hosie said the plan could work if an alternative government capable of commanding a Commons majority was “pre-agreed” before the confidence vote.
 Some MPs have suggested that a less politically-divis leader such a Ken Clarke or Dame Margaret Beckett could stand a better chance of winning cross-party support.
However Hosie said it was “self-evidently the case” that as the leader of the second largest party Westminster, Corbyn should have the first chance of forming an administration.
“If another name came forward that was acceptable to everybody – a Ken Clarke or Dominic Grieve type figure – then self-evidently that would be a good thing to do,” he said.
“But it is also self-evidently the case that the second largest party should have the first chance to form that administration.
“If Jo Swinson and the Lib Dems are actually serious about their stopping Brexit position then they need to stop playing political games, get on board with everybody else.”
Hosie said that the sole purpose of such a government would be to obtain a further Brexit extension before immediately triggering a general election.
“All of the opposition parties and the Tory rebels need to be on board with a single plan,” he said.
“Yes, we could a have vote of no-confidence, yes the Government might well be brought down, but there is then still the issue of an interim administration in order to seek the extension to Article 50.
“If that is not in place and effectively pre-agreed, then we might end up having the general election on Boris Johnson’s terms, allowing him to run down the clock and crash out without a deal.”
It was unclear to what extent other opposition parties were ready to back the idea.
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