There has been a lot of talk in the past few days about the possibility of a 'caretaker prime minister' being installed in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
This came after Jeremy Corbyn made an unexpected bid to secure a cross-party alliance in the Commons by agreeing to become PM few just a few weeks to stop no-deal.
Reports suggested that the Labour leader would go through with this if Boris Johnson was defeated in a no-confidence vote and if place in Number 10 would call for an immediate general election.
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Corbyn's plan has since been dismissed by the Liberal Democrats as 'nonsense' but it did receive support from one Tory MP, Guto Bebb, who stated that 'short-term Jeremy Corbyn government is less damaging than the generational damage that would be caused by a no-deal Brexit.'
All this discussion has piqued the public's interest and if Johnson were to lose a no-confidence vote and Corbyn wasn't selected to become prime minister, then who would it be.
Attempting to get to the bottom of the situation, journalist James O'Malley put together a fictional tournament to decide who the caretaker would be.
The competitors were Corbyn, Harriet Harman, Dominic Grieve, Ken Clarke, Sylvia Hermon, John Bercow, Caroline Lucas and...Gary Lineker.
I'm sorry everyone there is only way to solve the GNU debate. It's time for #worldcupofcaretakerprimeministers https://t.co/VKYfZKL6Y7— James O'Malley (@James O'Malley) 1565875727
In a completely predictable series of events, that really sums up politics in 2019, the only person without political experience ended up triumphing.
In the final, Gary Lineker thrashed the Tory backbencher Ken Clarke in a landslide winning by 70 per cent of votes to 30 per cent.
And that’s it! We have a winner! With a massive landslide victory, @GaryLineker has been given the confidence of Tw… https://t.co/rQ0cg5UuS8— James O'Malley (@James O'Malley) 1565887524
Lineker could have easily ignored this completely fanciful contest but instead embraced it and replied with a tweet that would have no-doubt delighted a fair share of pro-EU activists.
As your new PM @10DowningStreet I shall revoke article 50 and stop Brexit (it was crooked, built on lies and only a… https://t.co/Mkq5HVOxWK— Gary Lineker 💙 (@Gary Lineker 💙) 1565887905
Revoking article 50, putting an end to Brexit and investing money in the NHS and education? As you can imagine Remainers on Twitter loved his pledge.
@GaryLineker @10DowningStreet The guy who has been hit in the head with a football thousands of times is infinitely… https://t.co/UUnXcguSYg— Moondoggie (@Moondoggie) 1565888075
@GaryLineker @10DowningStreet Sounds good. If you could also get @walkers_crisps to correct the colours of their ba… https://t.co/XSnqWpwfCB— Dan Crowley (@Dan Crowley) 1565893226
Despite making his name as a footballer and then as a respected broadcaster and pundit, Lineker hasn't been afraid of using Twitter to voice his political opinions and is an outspoken critic of Brexit.
Also, he is well-dressed, presentable, has a good haircut and can make a competent speech which is a lot more than we can say about the current PM.