Andrew Neil grills SNP MP as he exposes huge flaw in plan to oust Boris Johnson



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Andrew Neil grilled SNP MP Alison Thewliss over her party’s willingness to allow Jeremy Corbyn into power to oust Boris Johnson. Ms Thewliss appeared on BBC Politics Live to discuss whether the SNP would move towards having a vote of no confidence. She said: “What we want to do first and foremost is make sure Boris Johnson does not pull a fast one here and force us out on a no deal Brexit by default.”

She continued: “We want to nail that down absolutely first and foremost because quite frankly with his behaviour over the past few weeks, his behaviour of many years, you just can’t trust him to keep his word.”The SNP’s Parliamentary leader, Ian Blackford, called for a vote of no confidence in the Government, and an “interim leader”.Mr Blackford said: “Let me be clear to the Prime Minister that he should resign, but if he fails to do so, the opposition must unite to trigger a vote of no confidence to bring this chaotic government down.“By triggering a vote of no confidence, we will ensure that the Benn act is honoured to take no deal off the table by allowing the opposition to install an interim leader to take back control and to protect our economy from the cliff edge.”READ MORE: What time will Parliament open tomorrow? Bercow tells Blackford

Andrew Neil asked Ms Thewliss if this meant that the opposition parties could have a vote of no confidence and a lock on stopping no ideal.The Scottish MP said: “That’s exactly the reason that we are doing this. We have to keep this as cross-party as we can, as broad as we can to make sure this is successful. Previous no confidence votes have not been successful.”When asked when the SNP would move a no confidence motion, Ms Thewliss said: “Well we first need to get through whether we’re having recess or not to determine whether the House is going to be sitting next week.“We need to look at the timings very carefully because we are conscious of the European Council date, and of the deadline coming up at the end of October as well.”

Mr Neil asked bluntly: “But you know the timings, so when?”The SNP member replied: “Well the parties are working very closely behind the scenes to arrange when that will be.“But as I say, the timings are absolutely crucial and we need to make sure that this is going to be successful most of all.”DON'T MISSAndrew Neil brutally dismantles Labour chief [VIDEO]Andrew Neil says he “won’t make the mistake” of believing Opposition [INTERVIEW]Andrew Neil told Boris Johnson would rather resign than extend Brexit [VIDEO]

The BBC presenter said: “You, the SNP, you would be prepared to be complicit in helping Mr Corbyn form a short caretaker government?”Ms Thewliss was forced to admit that that was the case: “The constitutional background is very clear. He is the Leader of the Opposition, he gets first call on this, it’s his repsonsbiblity to step up and to do that.“And opposition parties would be able to look ourselves and see what can be achieved. We need to work together.”Only the Leader of the Opposition can table a vote of no confidence under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act. If the PM lost a vote of no confidence, opposition parties would have 14 days to form a new Government.Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, has said she doesn’t want Mr Corbyn to be the interim Prime Minister.


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