Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, told MPs that the Prime Minister has lost all authority and the Lib Dems will support a no confidence vote if Jeremy Corbyn calls one.
This comes after the Prime Minister formally delayed the final vote on her Brexit deal after continued opposition from Tory rebels.
Speaking in the commons this afternoon, Theresa May told MPs it was clear her deal would be rejected “by a significant margin” due to concerns over the Irish backstop. The vote will now be deferred, and no information was given on when the vote would take place.
MPs were due to vote on May’s unpopular Brexit plan tomorrow but after strong opposition, from all corners of the Commons, including up to 100 Tory MPs, May has been forced to postpone.
The Prime Minister will now return to Brussels for talks with the EU to gain assurances over the backstop issue, to the disdain of a packed and rowdy House of Commons.
Rumours had been circulated that May could postpone the vote, but several cabinet ministers denied this and over the weekend number 10 confirmed a vote would take on Tuesday. Reports say the prime minister organised an impromptu phone conference with cabinet colleagues this morning, and finally concluded that she would not be able to push through a vote.
Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn gave an impassioned reply to the Prime Minister and reignited calls for her to step down, he said: “This is an extremely serious and unprecedented situation. The government has lost control of events and is in complete disarray.”
This is a huge blow to May as any delay gives her less time to ensure all legislation is implemented before the March deadline. Though, there has been some concern from MPs who do not believe the Prime Minister has the authority to delay a commons vote.
James Duddridge, MP for Southend and Rochford said: “The PM does not get to pull a vote. The House will have to vote to pull a vote. I will oppose. We need to see this deal off once and for all.”
Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, told MPs he is in favour of a vote to decide whether the Prime Minister can delay the meaningful vote.