Rebel yell The push for a Cor­bexit

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QWhat is the idea? AThe

pri­or­ity for Labour rebels is to un­seat Jeremy Cor­byn, get­ting some­one new in time for a gen­eral elec­tion that could be called later this year.

How­ever, the way they plan to do that – with a “no con­fi­dence” vote to­mor­row – is not bind­ing, leav­ing it up to Mr Cor­byn to de­cide whether he will step down.

Given Cor­byn al­lies have in­di­cated he will stay put and re­place min­is­ters who have re­signed, there are now plans for the mod­er­ates to ef­fec­tively cre­ate a “party within a party”.

QHow would it work? AThe

ve­hi­cle for the move would be the Par­lia­men­tary Labour Party (PLP), which is made up only of Labour MPs – the vast ma­jor­ity of whom did not vote for Mr Cor­byn as leader.

The idea is for the PLP to elect a new leader, cre­ate its own shadow cabi­net and ef­fec­tively be­gin op­er­at­ing as a dis­tinct Labour Party to­tally sep­a­rate from Mr Cor­byn.

Cru­cially, Labour rebels be­lieve they would have con­trol of “short money”, the pub­lic fund­ing given to po­lit­i­cal par­ties for or­gan­i­sa­tion.

It would cre­ate tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties within Par­lia­ment, such as who leads Prime Min­is­ter’s Ques­tions. Some ex­perts have sug­gested John Ber­cow, pic­tured, the Com­mons Speaker, would de­cide who the of­fi­cial Op­po­si­tion leader is in such cir­cum­stances.

QWhat’s

in it for the rebels? AThe

move would rob Mr Cor­byn’s team of funds, make clear he lacks the sup­port of MPs and set out a mod­er­ate vi­sion that they be­lieve would ap­peal to float­ing vot­ers.

The pos­si­bil­ity of a snap gen­eral elec­tion af­ter the Tories pick a new leader has fo­cused minds and forced MPs to think about dras­tic mea­sures to change the party and save their seats.

Be­ing able to make ab­so­lutely clear to the elec­torate that Mr Cor­byn does not speak for Labour and lay out an al­ter­na­tive prospec­tus would, some be­lieve, help win vot­ers.

“The po­si­tion is to stop the Labour Party col­laps­ing at the next elec­tion. That is the only goal. The EU ref­er­en­dum was a gamechanger,” one MP told The Daily Tele­graph. QWill it ac­tu­ally hap­pen? AFor now, the plan is merely a backup and does not have sup­port from all. Many Labour rebels be­lieve it is un­ten­able for Mr Cor­byn to stay as leader when a ma­jor­ity of MPs have made clear he does not have their con­fi­dence. Should he not go of his own ac­cord, there is an­other means of trig­ger­ing a con­test – get­ting the sig­na­tures of 51 Labour MPs and MEPs sup­port­ing a sin­gle can­di­date.

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