Jeremy Corbyn tables no confidence vote in Theresa May

Jeremy Corbyn tables no confidence vote in Theresa May

The Labour leader said earlier that he would bring the no confidence motion if Mrs May did not give MPs a date for the "meaningful vote" on the Brexit deal, before backtracking on the promise and claiming that Labour was responsible for Theresa May confirming a date for the vote.

The Prime Minister said the Commons would have the chance to debate her Withdrawal Agreement in the week MPs return to Westminster after Christmas on January 7.

Jeremy Corbyn has accused Prime Minister Theresa May of having led the United Kingdom into a "national crisis" on Brexit.

Cabinet ministers are openly discussing how to respond to Theresa May's Brexit deal being rejected by MPs, with the possibility of the Commons being asked to choose from a menu of alternatives in order to break the deadlock.

The DUP also said it would back the prime minister, with party's Westminster leader Nigel Dodds saying his MPs would not support "the antics of the Labour party" - meaning Labour's vote would nearly certainly be defeated.

She will warn that another referendum would also "further divide our country at the very moment we should be working to unite it".

"I have listened very carefully to what members on all sides of the House have said and it's very clear that it is that is very bad, unacceptable, to be waiting nearly a month before we have a vote on the crucial issue facing the future of this country".

He said MPs should have the full range of options to consider if the deal was rejected including the idea of a second referendum.

However, the Commons constitutional watchdog last week said the act "in no way affects the fundamental principle that the government's authority to govern rests on the confidence of the House, however it chooses to express it". They should be thinking about the national interest, not party interest, she added.

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We can't just have continuing uncertainty.

May's government and the European Union sealed a divorce deal last month, but May postponed a parliamentary vote meant to ratify the agreement last week when it became clear legislators would overwhelmingly reject it.

She said the vote would be held the following week.

MPs and ministers reacted furiously to reports yesterday that Mr Barwell had told colleagues a second poll was "the only way forward" in the light of opposition to her Brexit deal.

But European council president Donald Tusk said afterwards: "I have no mandate to organise any further negotiations". But expressing our personal views is not what we are here to do.

He added that talk of a second referendum was an "internal" matter for the UK.

The PM told MPs to "honour our duty to finish the job" of delivering Brexit, reminding them they backed the triggering of Article 50.

The no-confidence vote would be in May as a leader, not in the government itself, meaning it would have no official status and would not set the ball rolling on a general election. It remains unclear when the vote will take place.

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