Labour's Keir Starmer hints that the party COULD back a 'unity PM'

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() Labour's Keir Starmer today delivered a strong hint that the party could back a 'unity PM' to stop No Deal.

The shadow Brexit secretary insisted the 'absolute priority' was to stop the UK from crashing out without an agreement on October 31.

He said Remainer MPs were focused on passing legislation to rule out No Deal, but suggested a no confidence vote could be staged if that bid fails.

Mr Corbyn would then 'try to form a government', Sir Keir said. However, pressed on whether Labour could instead line up behind a 'unity PM' such as Tory veteran Ken Clarke, Sir Keir said: 'If he can't, we will address that when we get there.' 

The frantic manoeuvring comes as the Brexit battle builds up to a titanic showdown in Parliament this week. 

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer (pictured on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show today) insisted the 'absolute priority' was to stop the UK from crashing out without an agreement on October 31

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer (pictured on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show today) insisted the 'absolute priority' was to stop the UK from crashing out without an agreement on October 31

Jeremy Corbyn (pictured in north London today) would 'try to form a government' if Boris Johnson loses a confidence vote, Sir Keir said

Jeremy Corbyn (pictured in north London today) would 'try to form a government' if Boris Johnson loses a confidence vote, Sir Keir said

MPs are set to try to seize control of the Commons agenda to pass a law stopping the country from crashing out of the EU, with the votes looking nailbitingly close.

Downing Street has heaped pressure on 'deceitful and underhand' MPs plotting to thwart the PM's plans. 

And Michael Gove caused fury today by refusing to say whether the government would obey a law ruling out No Deal.

'Let's see what the legislation says,' he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show. 

As the rhetoric ramped up, Mr Johnson told the Sunday Times: 'I just say to everybody in the country, including everyone in parliament, the fundamental choice is this: are you going to side with Jeremy Corbyn and those who want to cancel the referendum?'

'Are you going to side with those who want to scrub the democratic verdict of the people - and plunge this country into chaos.'   

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