Fifty Labour MPs could vote for Brexit deal with the Tories to avoid a No Deal, top MP claims

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FIFTY Labour MPs could vote for a Brexit deal to avoid leaving the EU without a deal, a top Labour MP has claimed.

Stephen Kinnock, who had been pushing Labour to do a deal with the Tories earlier this year, insisted that there was a large group of his own party who would now throw themselves behind an agreement.

Labour’s Stephen Kinnock said he believed a large number of loyal Tories – including Ministers “on the payroll” will switch to backing the Norway option
Labour’s Stephen Kinnock sid he deeply regretted not voting for a Brexit deal
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And as Boris Johnson steps up plans for a No Deal Brexit if the EU don’t compromise, he now claimed that MPs were prepared to take drastic action.

He told Politico that he would now do “whatever it takes” to avoid a No Deal Brexit now that Tories appear to be going for it.

Several MPs have said they should have voted for Theresa May’s deal back in March when it was defeated for the third time.

The PM tried too woo some Labour politicians in Leave areas, but none of them ever crossed the floor to back it.

Mr Kinnock added: “We had guarantees on workers’ rights, a customs union at least until the next election and even a vote on a second referendum at committee stage.

“We should have gone for that… I regret it deeply.”

He told The Guardian that now was the time to make a “radical and dramatic intervention” by telling Jeremy Corbyn they were ready to vote for a deal.

“It means a large number of us going to see Jeremy and trying as hard as we possibly can telling him to make that big, bold offer, to face down the second referendum campaign and say there’s no time for that,” he said.

“We’ve got to get this deal over the line.”

That’s despite Boris saying that Mrs May’s deal is now “dead” and he wants to renegotiate it without the hated backstop.

“I think Boris Johnson could lose about 50 of the hardliners,” he said.

“But I think he could gain 50 on our side.”

Sarah Champion, Melanie Onn and Gareth Snell have said they could back such an agreement to stop a No Deal now.

There are 30 Labour MPs forming part of a ‘Respect the Result’ group who are fighting calls in their own party for another referendum.

But Mr Kinnock’s intervention might not happen until an attempt to block No Deal in Parliament takes place and fails, he admitted.

Boris Johnson has said we’ll leave by the end of October no matter what happens
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Remainer Philip Hammond said yesterday he would back attempts to pass new laws to force an extension of Article 50 or block a No Deal.

Last night Mr Corbyn issued a plea to other opposition parties to try and beg them to make him a caretaker PM if the Government collapses.

But the Lib Dems, Plaid, the Greens and the SNP all slapped it down – saying they didn’t think he was the person to lead, and they wanted a referendum first not a general election.

Jeremy Corbyn says he wants to be a caretaker PM if Boris is brought down
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But Jo Swinson isn’t keen to work with Jeremy Corbyn
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