Plans for a National unity government

The most effective strategy to avert a no-deal outcome, whether on 31 October, or at a later date would be for MPs to form a new multiparty government – a coalition for unity and stability committed to retaining office long enough to enable the current Brexit impasse to be resolved in a manner both constitutionally robust and democratically legitimate.

A national unity government, government of national unity, or national union government is a broad coalition government consisting of all parties in the legislature, usually formed during a time of war or other national emergency

Lib Dem Leader Jo Swinson urges Corbyn to give up hopes of leading unity government if Johnson is ousted. In multilateral discussions, representatives of Lib Dems, Labour, Scottish National Party, Change UK, Plaid Cymru and the Greens – Mr Corbyn also invited a number of pro-EU Tories – discussed:

  • Taking over the Commons order paper in order to pass legislation blocking no-deal;
  • Planning to beat the government in a vote of no confidence;
  • The formation of an emergency government; and
  • Establishing clarity on opposition parties’ position on stopping Brexit altogether.

Constitutionally, forming such a government would require the active support (or, in some cases, at least acquiescence) of a plurality of MPs, all with varying political goals, party loyalties, personal agendas, and career ambitions. More specifically, the MPs would need to reach agreement on: a) an acceptable candidate for Prime Minister; b) the composition of the cabinet and the allocation of key portfolios; c) a viable short-term policy agenda; and d) an agreed political strategy, especially for resolving the Brexit impasse. Each of these steps would be complicated with competing political pressures and difficult trade-offs.

 

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