Swinson: Harman and Clarke ready to lead unity government

Dominic Cummings has made an unlikely return to government and not everyone is happy about

MPs are not due to return until September 3.

"We face a national emergency, and parliament must be recalled now".

"It's well worth having discussions with everybody across the House because there's probably a majority of MPs (Members of Parliament) who don't want to have a no-deal exit but the issue is can we get all of those MPs on some alternative proposition?"

Parliament is set to break up again shortly after it returns, with the main parties holding their annual conferences during the September break.

"There is a high likelihood, alas, that this country is going to leave without a deal on the 31st of October", Letwin said.

The Liberal Democrat leader made the extraordinary claim after rejecting Jeremy Corbyn's plan to lead a unity government, branding the proposal as "nonsense" and saying he wasn't the right man for the job.

Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he should be installed as a caretaker prime minister to stop a no-deal Brexit, despite his plan receiving repeated blows.

Paddy Lillis, general secretary of shopworkers' trade union Usdaw, said: "Usdaw is promoting an industrial strategy to tackle the retail crisis, but we remain disappointed that the Government still hasn't engaged with us".

"This government clearly doesn't want to do that".

Former deputy Labour Party leader Harriet Harman.

Conservative opponents of a no-deal Brexit are deeply suspicious of Corbyn, whom they see as a unsafe Marxist intent on nationalising swathes of British industry and hiking state spending and taxes.

Speaking during a visit to Bolton, he called for "respect for the electoral process that brought about the results from the last general election", adding: "I am the leader of the Labour Party".

Meanwhile, the Sunday Times has printed leaked government documents warning of food, medicine and fuel shortages in a no-deal scenario.

According to the government's forecast, codenamed 'Operation Yellowhammer, ' some 85 percent of trucks "may not be ready" for newly introduced checks at the French border, a nuisance that could delay them by 60 hours, causing miles-long queues at points of entry.

Mr Cummings, the campaign director of Vote Leave in the 2016 Brexit referendum, admitted last night the government could lose a vote of confidence.

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