Osborne Caucus in Parliament ready to force election to stop no deal

The chief lieutenant to Prime Minister David Cameron, although no longer sitting on the green benches himself, still commands the loyalty of a large caucus within the Conservative parliamentary party. It is therefore worth listening to one of the masterminds of the Conservative 2015 election victory and mentor to a coterie of up and coming Tory MPs when he signals how he guesses they will vote.

by Patrick Sullivan, Political Editor on 23 January 2019 21:41

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In an astonishing interview with Bloomberg TV’s Tom King, former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne claimed that a general election was an “underappreciated outcome” of how the House of Commons might decide to solve the current political impasse over Brexit.

In the interview, where Mr Osborne claimed Prime Minister Theresa May had no political authority, the Evening Standard editor told Bloomberg TV he “definitely thought there could be an election”. The chief lieutenant to Prime Minister David Cameron, although no longer sitting on the green benches himself, still commands the loyalty of a large caucus within the Conservative parliamentary party.

It is therefore worth listening to one of the masterminds of the Conservative 2015 election victory and mentor to a coterie of up and coming Tory MPs when he signals how he guesses they will vote. Mr Osborne in a revelatory statement, sent a message to Conservative campaign headquarters and government whips alike about how MPs with a like-minded philosophy to his own would react if they felt the Prime Minister were going to allow a no deal Brexit to go ahead.

Mr Osborne’s opinion in his own words was: “In the end what will happen is there’ll be a confidence vote in the British parliament and a small of number of Conservative MPs will switch sides in that vote because they would rather have an election than see our country leave the European Union without a deal.”

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