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Former Brexit chief of staff delivers shock Labour prediction over Corbyn replacement

Speaking to TalkRADIO, the former chief of staff for the department for exiting the European Union (DExEU) under Dominic Raab claimed Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to win the next UK’s general election is to hope Brexit “goes all wrong” for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He said: “I think Jeremy Corbyn would like Boris Johnson to take us out of the European Union and then go for a general election after that so he can say ‘nothing to do with me’.

“He hopes it will go all wrong, whereas it’s going to be a tremendous success.

“And then he can come in and try and get elected on the back of that.

“I think this is all gameship by him.”

But asked who he believed could make a good replacement for Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the Labour Party, he warned: “I don’t think there is a serious candidate who wants to be leader of the Labour Party at the moment.

He hopes it will go all wrong, whereas it’s going to be a tremendous success

Nick de Bois

“It’s a mess. They are absolutely all over the place.

“I can’t see one emerging. If Jeremy Corbyn goes we can end up with John McDonnell and you know what?

“That is even worse than Jeremy Corbyn.”

The Labour leader invited chief Remainer politicians, including SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, Commons Plaid Cymru leader Liz Saville Roberts, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas and Change UK leader Anna Soubry, to a meeting on how to stop a no deal Brexit.

Ms Soubry tweeted today: “Pleased to confirm that I will be attending the cross-party meeting called by #JeremyCorbyn

“It is imperative we stop #NoDealBrexit.

“All Brexit options will harm our economy – crashing out without a deal is the very worst & we will work with everyone to stop it. @ForChange_Now.”

The meeting will take place on August 27 at midday.

Mr Corbyn has vowed to lead a “time-limited” government which would extend Article 50 and then call a general election.

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However, this suggestion has sparked outrage among some senior figures with Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson saying Corbyn is too divisive to lead a government of national unity.

She suggested Ken Clarke and Harriet Harman could be the interim leaders.

Ms Soubry has appeared to backtrack after she tweeted last week that Mr Corbyn’s letter was a “meaningless gesture”.

She said on August 15: “Corbyn’s letter is indeed a distraction @BBCr4today.

“He can’t command support from his own backbenches never mind across Parliament & yet again refuses to commit to @peoplesvote_uk preferring a General Election.

“Another meaningless gesture – @jeremycorbyn never fails to disappoint.”

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