No-trust vote, new polls? Key week ahead

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World - Pra­sun Son­walkar pra­sun.son­[email protected]­dus­tan­

It used to be said that a week is a long time in pol­i­tics, but the next two days alone are likely to throw up rare sce­nar­ios: the Theresa May gov­ern­ment los­ing the key vote on the EU with­drawal agree­ment on Tues­day and Labour tabling a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion soon after.

Lead­ing lights in the Brexit de­bate took to the news me­dia on Sun­day to reit­er­ate their po­si­tions. May in­sisted in a col­umn that fail­ure to de­liver Brexit would amount to “a cat­a­strophic and un­for­giv­able trust in our democ­racy”, urg­ing sup­port for the agree­ment.

For­mer prime min­is­ter John Ma­jor wrote that re­vok­ing Ar­ti­cle 50 (of the Lis­bon Treaty that deals with an EU mem­ber-state leav­ing the group) is the “only sen­si­ble” course. He wants an­other ref­er­en­dum on the UK’S mem­ber­ship of the EU.

Call­ing Tues­day’s vote the big­gest in par­lia­ment since the UK’S de­ci­sion to join the Iraq war in 2003, Lon­don mayor Sadiq Khan wrote that May should re­sign and call a gen­eral elec­tion if the agree­ment is de­feated on Tues­day; if not, he would cam­paign for an­other ref­er­en­dum.

“It ap­pears in­creas­ingly likely that Theresa May’s bad Brexit deal will be re­jected by par­lia­ment – and rightly so. It’s a deal that would cause huge dam­age to the fu­ture of our coun­try, putting jobs, pros­per­ity and so­cial mo­bil­ity at grave risk”, he wrote. “If MPS re­ject the deal, then Theresa May should do the


re­spon­si­ble thing: im­me­di­ately step aside and call a gen­eral elec­tion. Sadly, the To­ries have a long his­tory of putting their party above the na­tional in­ter­est, so if an elec­tion is not im­me­di­ately called, I will step up my cam­paign for a pub­lic vote - with the op­tion of re­main­ing in the EU on the bal­lot paper".

Ac­cord­ing to The Ob­server, “Mes­sages have been sent to Labour MPS, even those who are un­well, to en­sure their pres­ence both for the ‘mean­ing­ful vote’ on the prime min­is­ter’s Brexit blue­print on Tues­day and the fol­low­ing day”.

“Labour whips have told MPS the no-con­fi­dence vote is likely to be tabled within hours of a gov­ern­ment loss, with the ac­tual vote tak­ing place on Wed­nes­day”, it re­ported. May is ex­pected to make a state­ment be­fore the vote on Tues­day, set­ting out new de­tails of clar­i­fi­ca­tions she promised to se­cure from Brus­sels on the so-called ‘back­stop’ ap­pli­ca­ble to Ire­land-north­ern Ire­land, which faces the strong­est ob­jec­tion from MPS.


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