JEREMY Corbyn has tabled a motion of no confidence in Theresa May’s leadership following a fiery debate over her Brexit deal.
The Labour leader cited the Prime Minister’s “failure” to allow MPs to vote on her Withdrawal Agreement last week as planned or this week before Parliament rises for Christmas as his reasons for demanding a vote. Mr Corbyn had threatened to table the motion earlier today, with reports suggesting he was planning to demand a confidence vote unless Mrs May confirmed exactly when MPs would have a say on her Brexit deal. However he made no mention of it in his initial response to Mrs May which came just moments after the Prime Minister revealed the Commons ‘meaningful vote’ would take place in mid-January.
But following a lengthy debate in the Commons this afternoon, the Labour leader went ahead with his plan anyway.
He told MPs: “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.”
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 UK and the European Union.”