Liberal Democrats are under increasing pressure to support Jeremy Corbyn as Acting Prime Minister to end Brexit without negotiation after opposition figures and even a former Conservative minister have said they are open to the idea .
With anti-non-trading groups quickly calibrating their positions following Corbyn's intervention, a cleavage has opened between MEPs hoping to block Boris Johnson's strategy for Brexit. But while SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Greens have announced plans to follow Corbyn's offer, Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has presented a rival plan for a national unity government led by the veteran conservative Ken Clarke or Harriet Harman from the Labor Party.
After Swinson initially issued a hostile note to Corbyn's plan, claiming it was "nonsense," the Lib Dems were urged to reconsider their decision and found themselves isolated among anti-no-deal groups .
Labor's Angela Rayner described SN Dem leader, Nicola Sturgeon, as "puerile," criticized his "daft" position, and Caroline Lucas, the Green MP, personally called Swinson to rethink his position. .
Meanwhile, Sarah Wollaston, the most recent Liberal MP, seemed to go further than Swinson in saying that helping Corbyn avoid a no-deal, Brexit would be "the lesser of the two evils".
Swinson then issued a more nuanced letter to the leader of the Labor Party, agreeing to meet him for talks without excluding the possibility of supporting him as head of an interim government if it would end an uncompromising Brexit.
But she challenged him to find the eight conservative MPs needed to carry out his interim government proposal to delay Brexit and hold general elections.
While Corbyn has seized the Brexit initiative and forced other anti-accord factions to react, it remains far from the number needed to form an interim government, with the non-commitment of Lib Dems and a number of deputies and conservative rebels refusing to support him under any circumstances.
However, some of the Labor leader's political opponents leave the door open to support him as a last resort, so as not to block negotiations. Wollaston, the former Conservative MP who had sat as an independent after leaving the newly formed group, Change UK, in June, told the Guardian that while considering that a Corbyn government was preferable to a non-agreement, she also considered it improbable.
"Obviously, as the lesser of two evils, I should say and probably say, you know what, I think it would be worse not to agree," she said. "But let's see what happens at that moment and, finally, what I'm doing is next to the question. You need five or six Conservatives to do it, and I'm sorry, but they're just not going to do it. "
Liberal Democrats may find themselves divided on the issue if Swinson decides to support Corbyn's candidacy. Former Labor and Crime Critic Corbyn, Chuka Umunna, who joined the Liberal Democrats this summer, should oppose any option that would place Corbyn in Downing Street.
Corbyn's offer was not rejected outright by some Conservative MPs. Guto Bebb, a former Conservative minister who supports a second referendum, said, "I think those who said that they would do all that was necessary to end the long-term damage of an exit without agreement must take this type of offer seriously. . "
He added: "I therefore think that other proposals can be made to ensure that no agreement is removed from the table. But I do believe that a short-term government of Jeremy Corbyn is less damaging than the generational damage caused by a Brexit without agreement. "
Three Conservatives – Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Caroline Spelman – and Nick Boles, a former Conservative who is now independent, have all agreed to meet Corbyn to discuss ways to not block the deal. Spelman made it clear that she would not vote to make Corbyn the Prime Minister.
Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has severely reprimanded any Conservative MP who was considering supporting the candidacy of a union government to block any deal, suggesting that he put in place endanger the security and economic stability of the country.
"I think it's absolutely amazing that a Conservative MP even considered installing Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street, even for a minute," he said. "I just think that any conservative should think very hard about that."
Lucas and Sturgeon are among the most favorable to Corbyn's plan. The latter confided at an event on the outskirts of Edinburgh that she had advocated for a progressive alternative to the Conservative government in the last two elections, and "I would like us to be part of it ".
She said the SNP's support "does not make me a big fan of Jeremy Corbyn … but I would still try to work to put in place an alternative to the Conservative government."
Lucas was also supportive but then challenged Corbyn to say that he would support another leader if his plan failed.
She tweeted, "I welcome Corbyn's vote of no confidence and will support his interim government to avoid any agreement (although I would prefer a popular vote before a general election). But if he can not win the confidence of his party, will he commit to supporting a member of his party or someone who can? "
Liz Saville-Roberts, leader of the West Plaid Cymru party, said his party was willing to support a unity government and whoever ran it, but a second referendum should be the priority. "If necessary, Mr. Corbyn should step down to ensure that a referendum is held," she said.
In his own plan, Swinson said his preferred choice was a bill calling for an extension of section 50 to hold a second referendum, this option remaining available.
His next choice would be a vote of no confidence against Johnson, before "installing an emergency government with an alternative Prime Minister who has the confidence of the House and will end a Brexit without agreement".
She then published her letter to Corbyn, claiming that she "is ready to work with anyone to prevent Boris Johnson and his radical Brexit government from not negotiating," and to agree to discuss the issue. a plan to be delivered.
But she said "no matter how my party would vote," he would still need at least eight Conservative MPs to back his candidacy for president, as a series of independents would probably not support him. .
Anna Soubry, leader of the Independent Group for Change, said that none of her deputies would support Corbyn, while independents Heidi Allen, Ian Austin and Chris Leslie all rejected the idea.