The Independent: Lib Dems 'don't have objection in principle' to Corbyn as interim PM to stop no-deal Brexit16 August 2019 | 15:30 | FOCUS News Agency
Jo Swinson’s opposition to the Labour leader heading up a government of national unity is purely “pragmatic", they insisted, amid a backlash over her rejection of the idea.
One Liberal Democrat MP suggested that the party would support Mr Corbyn becoming prime minister if he managed to build a majority in the Commons to stop a no-deal Brexit.
And a party source told The Independent that the Liberal Democrats did not any have “principled objection“ to the Labour leader entering No10 with the purpose of stopping no-deal.
The decision to open the door to helping Mr Corbyn become prime minister marks a significant softening of the Liberal Democrats' stance, after Ms Swinson, the party's leader, dismissed the idea as "nonsense" earlier this week.
However, the party challenged Labour to explain how it could build a governing coalition, given opposition to its leader from across the Commons.
Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine suggested that the party would support a government of national unity led by Mr Corbyn if he could secure enough support among MPs.
She told BBC Radio Scotland: "I'm never going to support a no-deal Brexit. That would be crazy. I'm never going to support that if there is an option on the table for a government of national unity to have a People's Vote, to get us out of this mess, then have a general election - an interim emergency government, if there is a successful [prospect of it happening]."
She added: "If somehow, miraculously, the House of Commons changes its mind about Jeremy Corbyn and backs him, then there is no way that I am going to do anything to stop the House of Commons getting us out of this mess."
"But the reality is he does not have the numbers."
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