Jeremy Corbyn Calls For Vote Of No Confidence In Theresa May's Government

The leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has proposed a No Confidence Vote in Theresa May's government, in the aftermath of the defeat of her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement by Parliament.

May's proposed deal with the EU was eventually defeated by 432 votes to 202.

After the Prime Minister said that she would hear a debate on the house's confidence in her government tomorrow, should Mr Corbyn want to raise the motion, the Labour leader took the stand immediately afterwards to say that he would.

Mr Corbyn has said for some time that his primary intention is to provoke a general election. That can happen if the vote is successful and more Members of the House of Commons decide that they have no confidence in Mrs May's government.

Theresa May's deal was voted down heavily in Parliament. Credit: PA
Theresa May's deal was voted down heavily in Parliament. Credit: PA

Alternatively, Labour could take power without the need for an election if they can convince Parliament within 14 days that they can command a majority in the house. That would need to be passed by vote.

A general election could also be called if two thirds of MPs agree that an election should be held outside of the standard five-year fixed term for governments.

Mr Corbyn had announced a few days ago that should Mrs May lose the meaningful vote in Parliament, the no confidence motion would be proposed 'soon'.

In the event of a general election, Mr Corbyn has previously said that the agreed date for the UK's withdrawal from the EU - 29 March 2019 - may have to be delayed in order for the election, then for subsequent renegotiation if the result went in his favour.

Jeremy Corbyn has declared a motion of no confidence in Theresa May's government. Credit: PA
Jeremy Corbyn has declared a motion of no confidence in Theresa May's government. Credit: PA

He said: "An election would take place, what, February-March time? Clearly there is only a few weeks then between that and the leave date. There would have to be a time for those negotiations."

More to follow.

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Contact him on [email protected]

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