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Boris Johnson could be out of the job within months

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24.08.2019

Kenneth Clarke really could be prime minister in two months’ time. We have hardly begun to work out the weird scenarios that could play out in parliament after it reconvenes on 3 September – and a temporary prime minister presiding over a general election before the end of the year is more likely than people think.

Two MPs who have spent August thinking hard about what might happen are Caroline Lucas, the Green, and Nick Boles, the former Conservative. They both want to stop Britain leaving the EU without a deal which, despite polite words from Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron about an “amended” deal, still seems the likely destination of Boris Johnson’s policy.

One way of stopping, or at least postponing, a no-deal Brexit would be for the House of Commons to depose Johnson and install a caretaker prime minister, who would ask the EU for an extension and organise an election.

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This is a drastic option, and it is unlikely that enough Tory opponents of no-deal will support it, especially if Jeremy Corbyn continues to insist that the temporary prime minister should be him.

Hence Lucas’s tactful response to the Labour leader, saying she is prepared to support him, “but if he cannot gain the support of a sufficient number of colleagues across parliament, I hope........

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