Any caretaker British government must be under the leadership of
The situation would arise if a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister was introduced and passed before October 19, in which event whoever could command a majority in the house would have two weeks to form a government.
The shadow chancellor told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that opposition parties could ‘unite’ under Mr Corbyn’s leadership to help avoid a no-deal Brexit
Backing his boss to serve as caretaker prime minister, Mr McDonnell told the
‘Just as he has united them over these last few weeks, he could do that as caretaker prime minister. I think we could unite them under Jeremy Corbyn.’
Mr McDonnell said a no-deal Brexit would be ‘damaging’ and a ‘disaster’ for the country, and continued to rule out supporting it.
He said: ‘I want an election, I want it as soon as we possibly can and sometimes you do have to put your country before party.
‘We’ve got to prevent Boris Johnson from forcing through a no-deal because of the damage it could do for our country.’
Mr McDonnell said he believed Boris Johnson would potentially wait until no-deal was the only possible option and that a general election would not solve the issue.
He continued: ‘I think we’re in an extremely serious constitutional position.
Backing his boss (seen on September 5) to serve as ‘caretaker prime minister, Mr McDonnell said: ‘It has to be [Mr Corbyn] because he is the leader of the Opposition’
‘We don’t believe that we can pin him down and I don’t trust him an inch, and I don’t think anyone does. We’ve got a Prime Minister who has said he would not abide by the law.
‘We’re in a situation where no-one can trust while he’s in place what could happen.’
Mr McDonnell said he would campaign to Remain in a referendum, even if Labour was in power and had negotiated a deal with the European Union.
‘I believe Remain is in the best interest of the country but others will take a different view, even within my own party,’ he said.
The senior party figure hinted that, during a second referendum, Labour MPs would be free to campaign to leave the EU even if the party adopted a remain position.
His comments came as France lobbed a grenade at Remainer strategy by ruling out allowing Britain a Brexit extension ‘under the current circumstances’.
Mr McDonnell said he believed Boris Johnson (left) would potentially wait until no-deal was the only possible option and that a general election would not solve the issue.