The former attorney general, who has been at the forefront of plotting to sabotage Britain’s departure from the EU, had refused to rule out backing the Labour leader’s plans to enter No 10. He joined two other ex-ministers, Dame Caroline Spelman and Sir Oliver Letwin, in agreeing to hold talks with Mr Corbyn to find ways to stop a no-deal Brexit. But Mr Grieve yesterday insisted he would not back plans to install the Labour leader as a caretaker prime minister after colleagues erupted with fury.
He said: “I am not about to facilitate Jeremy Corbyn’s arrival in Downing Street.”
Tory ex-minister Guto Bebb stoked the row by saying a Corbyn government would be less damaging than a no-deal Brexit.
And Tory grandee Ken Clarke added to the fury after he told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme he was prepared to lead an emergency government as caretaker PM to stop a no-deal Brexit, after talks with Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson.
Conservative Brexiteer MP Andrea Jenkyns said: “It is appalling to hear that politicians elected by Conservative voters are considering propping-up a Marxist Corbyn government.
“This is way beyond a divergence of opinion on Brexit.”
Sir Christopher Meyer, a former UK ambassador to Washington, said: “Tory MPs who plan to vote for Corbyn against their own government plumb unprecedented depths of Brexit derangement syndrome.
But I suppose it keeps these nonentities in the headlines.”
Rejecting Ms Swinson’s calls for Mr Clarke or Labour’s Harriet Harman to head up an alternative government, Mr Corbyn said: “It’s not up to Jo Swinson to decide who the next prime minister is going to be.”
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