LibDem leader’s claim she will do ‘whatever it takes’ to prevent no-deal Brexit completely at odds with Johnson’s push toward cliff edge – but has not prevented prolonged discussions with Tory PM, say sources
Westminster sources have reported that LibDem leader has held a series of phone calls this month with Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
However, in spite of Johnson’s avowed intent to leave the EU at the end of October with no deal if he can’t achieve a new deal with EU leaders before then – and the seemingly-deliberate shambles of his attempts to obtain a new deal – sources at the palace of Westminster say that she has had a number of chats with Johnson.
The details of the calls and their purpose are unclear, but with a general election expected this autumn a potential new parliamentary pact or coalition is a possible reason.
The LibDems have been asked to confirm the calls and the reason for them.
The LibDems lost 86% of their parliamentary seats in 2015 as the public judged them for their collaboration in Tory austerity.
The LibDems once backed cuts to support for vulnerable people in return for a 5p tax on plastic bags. Are they so desperate to keep Corbyn out of Downing Street that Swinson would even consider propping up no-deal Brexiteer Boris Johnson and prolonging the avoidable, UN-condemned suffering of millions under Tory government?
And could her party survive if she did?
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