MAY FAC­ING THE EXIT BY WED­NES­DAY

No-con­fi­dence bid ‘soon’ Cor­byn plans for elec­tion

Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY NI­COLA BARTLETT Po­lit­i­cal Cor­re­spon­dent and DAN BLOOM ni­[email protected]­ror.co.uk @Ni­co­laRBartlett

We will ta­ble a no­con­fi­dence mo­tion... It is go­ing to be soon JEREMY COR­BYN TELLS THE AN­DREW MARR SHOW

THERESA May could be gone within days as Labour pre­pares a no-con­fi­dence vote as soon as Wed­nes­day if her Brexit deal is re­jected by MPs to­mor­row.

The des­per­ate Prime Min­is­ter will to­day make a last-ditch plea to Tory rebels, claim­ing vot­ing down her deal would be “more likely” to re­sult in no Brexit at all than in a no-deal sce­nario.

Brexit Sec­re­tary Stephen Bar­clay ad­mit­ted Mrs May’s deal is un­likely to be passed but he in­sisted the key vote would not be pulled a se­cond time.

But MPs will end up sup­port­ing “some­thing along the lines” of her deal, he said. Down­ing Street has al­ready in­di­cated mul­ti­ple votes could be held to get it over the line.

The Mir­ror un­der­stands Labour is pre­par­ing to force a no-con­fi­dence vote against the Gov­ern­ment as soon as Wed­nes­day. If suc­cess­ful, it would trig­ger a gen­eral elec­tion by early March. But with the DUP set to back the PM in that event, it is un­likely enough Tories could be per­suaded to vote against their own Gov­ern­ment.

Jeremy Cor­byn told BBC1’s The An­drew Marr Show yes­ter­day: “We will ta­ble a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in the Gov­ern­ment at a time of our choos­ing, but it’s go­ing to be soon.”

Mr Cor­byn hinted a Labour win could push Brexit back from March 29. He said he is against a se­cond ref­er­en­dum and would rather rene­go­ti­ate with the EU, putting him at odds with over 70% of Labour mem­bers.

He would call for a per­ma­nent cus­toms union, ac­cess to the sin­gle mar­ket and pro­tec­tion of rights and priv­i­leges. He told Mr Marr: “An elec­tion would be Fe­bru­ary, March, there’s only a few weeks be­tween that and the leave date, there would have to be time for those ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

Labour Chief Whip Nick Brown told BBC Sun­day Pol­i­tics North East and Cum­bria: “We have made con­tin­gency plans for a con­fi­dence vote.”

Labour Leaver John Mann, who has tabled an amend­ment to Mrs May’s deal to pro­tect work­ers’ rights, has said he will back the deal.

Sir Ed­ward Leigh be­came the fourth Brex­i­teer back­bench Tory to vow to back the deal. He said: “The only way to de­liver Brexit is to vote for the deal.” But days be­fore the vote on the UK’s break with the EU, Tory Brex­i­teer Ja­cob Rees-Mogg was snapped on a break in

Czech cap­i­tal Prague.

Mil­i­tary plan­ners have been sent to the For­eign Of­fice, Home Of­fice and De­part­ment for Trans­port in a bid to avoid bor­der chaos in the event of a no-deal.

The Welsh and Scot­tish gov­ern­ments said no-deal could dec­i­mate their farm­ing and fish­ing in­dus­tries. And pro-EU Tories say a third of the cabi­net would quit if Mrs May pur­sues a no-deal Brexit. The PM to­day will tell a fac­tory in leave-back­ing Stoke, Staffs: “What if Par­lia­ment tried to take the UK out of the EU in op­po­si­tion to a Re­main vote? Faith in the demo­cratic process would suf­fer. We have a duty to im­ple­ment the ref­er­en­dum re­sult.”

Down­ing Street was “ex­tremely con­cerned” about a back­bench plot to change Com­mons rules to en­able back­bench mo­tions to take prece­dence over Gov­ern­ment busi­ness if the deal falls.

The Gov­ern­ment would lose con­trol of par­lia­men­tary busi­ness, which would threaten Brexit leg­is­la­tion and their abil­ity to gov­ern.

A No10 source said: “This would give MPs pow­ers to con­trol not only what hap­pens to Brexit leg­is­la­tion but all leg­is­la­tion. It rep­re­sents a real threat to all Gov­ern­ment busi­ness.”

CZECH MATE Ja­cob in Prague on Satur­day

PLAN Bar­clay on Marr show yes­ter­day

PREPA­RA­TIONS Labour’s Nick Brown

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