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If Parliament votes no confidence in Boris's government, there will be 14 days in which to cobble a new majority together. On his side, Boris will try to win back the Tory renegades who made him fall. On the other side, attempts will be made to put together a provisional coalition. If (1) the former happens, Boris goes ahead as PM (he might want to call an election). If (2) the latter, he will hand over the keys to whoever leads the coalition (who might want to call an election). If (3) neither succeeds, there must be an election because no one commands a majority in Parliament.

In the interim up to the election in case (3), Boris may remain nominally PM. This is all the same subject to an agreement that his government will undertake nothing major or controversial, and will just mind the shop. That agreement has to be passed with the Leader of the Opposition (that's an official position). The LOTO (Corbyn in this case) could perfectly well make a condition that the interim government must not allow anything major to happen by default, in this case a crash-out. This would mean Boris agreeing to request an A50 extension for reason of elections.

It's unlikely Boris would agree, in which case he should stand down. If he refused to resign, that would be uncharted territory. He would have to be sure he could count on the army.

The only case where Corbyn would have a say on a "national unity" or "caretaker" government, would be in case (2), but a coalition is most unlikely, or in case (3), if Boris did the decent thing and resigned. I doubt if Corbyn would refuse, but... It all boils down to, is there a majority in Parliament for an A50 extension? Boris and the Brexiters would immediately attempt to bring down the "unity" government on that question, and they might well succeed.

The above is long and complicated, but it's just to show that it's not simply a matter of Corbyn taking the keys from Boris and requesting an A50 extension.  

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Aug 14th, 2019 at 12:50:37 PM EST
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