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Agreed, but suppose if somebody like Keir Starmer is most acceptable to all anti-no deal factions and is nominated by Parliament for PM. He would have to appoint a cabinet to hold even one meeting to agree to ask for an A.50 extension, agree wording, and appoint a date to prorogue parliament and hold elections.

Keir would remain (albeit "caretaker") PM for the duration of the General Election campaign, hold a few cabinet meetings to deal with day-to-day stuff, and generally look "Prime Ministerial". Would Corbyn take a job in the cabinet, however temporarily? Would Keir have to appoint Lib Dem or ChangeUK/Green/SNP/Plaid cabinet members to be assured of those party's votes?

There would be enormous pressure for Corbyn to stand aside "for the younger man" if the media decide Keir looks good in the job, even if Labour becomes the largest party.  Would anti-no deal parties agree to stand aside for the most favoured candidate to defeat a Brexiteer candidate in the Election? Would they make such a deal conditional on Corbyn standing aside?

Labour, and left wing parties generally put huge stress on being policy rather than personality centred, but would Corbyn and his inner circle agree to him being effectively sidelined in order to create a "government of national unity" and defeat Boris?

I think it's all a bit far fetched, but perhaps the only way a no-deal Brexit can be avoided now. In a mature democracy, that is what would probably happen, but the UK has a very basic democracy which promotes polarisation, extremism, and personality cults.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Aug 14th, 2019 at 12:16:35 PM EST
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I have yet to see anyone suggesting this national unity government business without immediately moving to the possibility of a "peaceful handover of power" in Labour.
by generic on Wed Aug 14th, 2019 at 12:46:20 PM EST
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If plotters are plotting against Corbyn, that would be a relevant reason to nix that setup. Why should Labour accept other parties to select their PM?

In fact, if there is an extension-and-election government, the logical leader of it would be Corbyn, as the leader of the by far largest component of it. Why wouldn't the others accept Corbyn? Presumably because it would benefit Corbyn to be seen in the role as PM, and thus benefit Labour, but in the same way why should Labour accept someone else who would benefit?

So, I guess the only MPs who would be acceptable are MPs who are leaders of minor, geograpically contained parties that can't benefit much. This line of thinking ends with the PM being Liz Saville Roberts from Plaid Cymry or Sylvia Hermon, independent unionist (former UUP) from North Ireland. Not that I know anymore about them than what is mentioned on Wikipedia.

by fjallstrom on Wed Aug 14th, 2019 at 02:04:57 PM EST
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by generic on Thu Aug 15th, 2019 at 06:52:30 PM EST
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