No-confidence motions: how do they work?

Chloe Chaplain     11 hours Monday December 17th 2018   
 


	
		
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She called on the prime minister to allow for a vote on her Brexit plan before the Christmas break.

"This is unacceptable in any way whatsoever", Corbyn said in the House of Commons.

His motion reads: "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 United Kingdom and the European Union".

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister Theresa May - a motion which could spell the end of Theresa May's premiership.

But the Labour leader shelved the warning because May did include a date in her statement, confirming that the vote would be held the week commencing 14th January.

After a tumultuous week in which she survived a confidence vote within her Conservative Party and sought last-minute changes to the Brexit agreement reached with Brussels last month, May said again that the alternatives to her deal were leaving without an agreement or no Brexit at all.

Downing Street is yet to respond on the motion.

She ruled out the case for another referendum, saying a fresh vote would do "irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics" and not settle the issue. With Westminster deadlocked, I believe we must throw it back to the people and give them the final say on Brexit'.

A government source said Downing Street would not allow time in parliament for "a stunt" and if Labour was serious it should attempt a full vote of no confidence in the government, which would bring it down if backed by parliament.

He told her: "A responsible prime minister would, for the good of this country, put this deal before the House this week so we could move on from this government's disastrous negotiation".

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The prime minister's Brexit deal sets out the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union - on 29 March 2019 - and includes a declaration on the outline of the future relations between the United Kingdom and the EU.

But Labour said it was clearly a confidence motion and should be allocated time for debate by the Government.

Labour's motion was not put forward under legislation that determines when the United Kingdom holds general elections, and would not have collapsed the government.

"I lost the vote last week - and if you lose, that is ultimately conclusive", he told Sky News.

British MPs will vote on the UK's Brexit deal in the week beginning 14 January, Theresa May has told Parliament.

But she could face a heated debate in cabinet over preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

This is a political gesture more than anything else, but it would be a very bad look for May if she were to lose such a vote.

A vote of no-confidence in the prime minister - unlike a vote of no-confidence in the government - doesn't trigger an election and is just a political gesture.

Setting out the timetable for the Brexit vote, Mrs May told the Commons: "It is now only just over 14 weeks until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union and I know many members of this House are concerned that we need to take a decision soon". However, it may well be easier to win than a vote of no-confidence in the government.

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