Skip to main content

Corbyn tables no-confidence in May as she tries to delay vote to January

JEREMY CORBYN tabled a motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May tonight after she tried to postpone the vote on her Brexit deal to next year.

The Labour leader's broadside came after the PM confirmed that a “meaningful vote” on her Brexit deal will take place in the week commencing January 14 with a debate starting the week before.

Mr Corbyn said: “We face an unprecedented situation – the Prime Minister has led us into a national crisis.

“If any more evidence was needed for why we face this grave situation, the Prime Minister demonstrated it at last week’s summit.

“There were some warm words drafted and the Prime Minister even managed to negotiate those away to be replaced by words about preparing for no deal.”

He said the “cold reality” was that Ms May achieved “nothing” last week after returning to Brussels to seek further assurances over the Irish border.

“The deal is unchanged and not going to change,” Mr Corbyn said. “The House must get on with the vote and move on to consider the realistic alternatives.”

Delaying the decision to January was simply unacceptable, the Labour leader insisted.

Mr Corbyn also accused Ms May of cynically running down the clock on the March 29 Brexit deadline and “trying to manoeuvre Parliament into a choice between two unacceptable outcomes – her deal or no deal.

“A responsible prime minister would for the good of this country have put the deal before the House this week, so we can move on from this government’s disastrous negotiations.

“It’s clear the Prime Minister has failed to renegotiate her deal, failed to get any meaningful reassurances – there is no excuse for any more dither or delay.”

He demanded the PM answer three questions as he quizzed her over the latest Brexit negotiations.

He said: “One, does her deal still have the confidence of the Cabinet?

“Two, is Cabinet collective responsibility still in operation?

“Three, does it remain government policy to avoid a no-deal outcome?”

Ms May answered yes to all the questions in her response.

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford later quipped: “We thought the Prime Minister had reached rock bottom, but she’s still digging.”

He said: “After two years of negotiation the Prime Minister has designed a deal that she knows that she cannot deliver. It doesn’t have the support of this House.

“It is time to call time on this government, it is a laughing stock.”

The crucial vote was postponed earlier this month to avoid a heavy defeat. It was unclear as the Morning Star went to press when the confidence vote could be held.


We're a reader-owned co-operative, which means you can become part of the paper too by buying shares in the People’s Press Printing Society.

Become a supporter

Fighting fund

You've Raised:£ 11,486
We need:£ 6,514
13 Days remaining
Donate today