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Can a Corbyn-Sturgeon alliance save Brexit Britain from itself?

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05.07.2019

At the start of June, when he was still in the running to replace Theresa May as prime minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party, Tory politician Michael Gove raised a nightmarish spectre for the British right.

At all costs, Britain must avoid falling into the grip of a "Jeremy Corbyn government propped up by Nicola Sturgeon and the [Scottish nationalists]," he warned. "That would mean Brexit was lost, the future of our Union at risk, and the levers of power handed to a Marxist."

The Tories have used this imagery before, in an effort to animate the fears of revanchist Middle England.

During the 2015 general election, David Cameron told voters that any governing pact agreed between Labour and the Scottish National Party (SNP), however conditional or short-lived, would produce a "coalition of chaos" at Westminster; a sharp jolt to the left resulting in "more taxes" and "unlimited borrowing."

Ironically, as the fallout from the Brexit crisis rumbles on, Britain may be about to get exactly that.

In the event of another snap election, the rise of Nigel Farage's hard line Brexit Party threatens to split the Tory base - a development that could leave Labour with the largest number of seats in the House of Commons, if somewhat shy of a majority.

The SNP, meanwhile, looks set to return up to 50 MPs of its own, recovering much of the ground it lost at the last UK poll in 2017.

Faced with this parliamentary arithmetic, Jeremy Corbyn - as head of a minority administration in London - would have little choice but to cut a deal with the SNP, along with a handful of smaller parties, in........

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