Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no confidence in Theresa May. The motion is not legally binding but the Labour leader hopes it will have some tactical value.
This is different from a vote of no confidence in the government, which could trigger a snap general election.
This comes after the announcement that May’s Brexit deal would be voted on in the week commencing 14th January. Most MPs want the deal to be voted on before the Christmas. The legal deadline for the vote is the 21st of January, so Theresa May has been accused of putting the U.K. into economic disarray and dangerous politics, as she knows the implication of a vote against her deal likely means no deal.
In a point of order at the end of May’s statement to the House regarding the vote on May’s Brexit deal Mr Corbyn said:
“It’s very clear that it’s bad, unacceptable that we should be waiting almost a month before we have a meaningful vote on the crucial issue facing the future of this country.
The prime minister has obdurately refused to ensure a vote took place on the date she agreed, she refuses to allow a vote to take place this week and is now, I assume, thinking the vote will be on January 14 – almost a month away.
This is unacceptable in any way whatsoever.
So, as the only way I can think of ensuring a vote takes place this week, I’m about to table a motion which says the following: ‘That this House has no confidence in the prime minister due to her failure to allow the House of Commons to have a meaningful vote straight away on the withdrawal agreement and framework for future relationships between the UK and European Union.’
That will be tabled immediately, Mr Speaker.”
It is unclear if this motion will be put to a vote because unlike a vote of no confidence in the government itself this does not have to be on the Common’s agenda instead Labour will need to wait for opposition days in Parliament.
It can be revealed that Labour have asked the Government to allow the vote to take place tomorrow, or they have warned that they will push for a vote of no confidence in the Government instead.
TPN can reveal that local Conservative assocations have been asked to start planning for a general election. The associations have begun the reselection process for sitting MP’s, as they anticipate an election.