- Jeremy Corbyn has called a vote of no-confidence in Theresa May’s leadership.
- The vote comes after the prime minister delayed Parliament’s meaningful vote for her Brexit deal.
- May said it would be rescheduled for the week of January 14, but Corbyn says it’s not soon enough.
- May is unlikely to grant time to the no confidence motion, with Downing Street describing it as a “stunt.”
Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a vote of no-confidence in Theresa May’s leadership, after the prime ninister announced that the delayed parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal will take place on the week of January 14.
The Labour leader issued a vote a no confidence in May’s leadership on Monday evening after the prime minister refused to commit to holding the so-called meaningful vote this week.
The non-binding no confidence motion is targeted at May personally, rather than her government, in an attempt to pile further pressure on her strained leadership and win over Conservative critics of the prime minister.
Downing Street sources said on Monday night that MPs would not be given time to debate the motion, throwing down the gauntlet to Corbyn to table a binding vote of no confidence in her government as a whole.
It is unacceptable for the country to wait another month before Parliament has the chance to vote on Theresa May's botched deal.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) December 17, 2018
Speaking to the House of Commons on Monday afternoon, May confirmed that the Brexit deal will be voted on by MPs in the week of January 14.
“I can confirm that we will return to the meaningful vote debate on the week of 7th January and put it to a vote in the week after,” she said.
She dismissed Corbyn’s push for a new general election, saying “at this critical moment in our national history this House should be thinking not about our parties’ interest but the national interest.”
The Labour leader subsequently said the prime minister had been “dragged kicking and screaming to announce a date for the debate.” He added: “It is disgraceful that a month has been wasted. We were due to vote on 11 December and there can be no further attempts to dodge accountability to Parliament.”
May last week survived a no-confidence vote launched by Conservative MPs, with 117 voting for her to stand down as leader, as opposed to 200 saying she should stay.
Corbyn has been under pressure from Labour MPs and other opposition parties to call a vote of no-confidence in the government. Pro-European MPs in Corbyn’s party have been urging Corbyn to attempt to trigger a no-confidence vote in the government as a pretext to moving on to backing a second Brexit referendum.
The Labour party is committed to seeking a general election if May’s Brexit deal fails in the Commons. If this attempt fails Labour has also committed to leaving “all options on the table” including pushing for a so-called “People’s Vote” on Brexit.
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