Cor­byn warns of con­fi­dence vote

South Wales Evening Post - - NATIONAL -

THERESA MAY faces a vote of no con­fi­dence in her Gov­ern­ment “soon”, Jeremy Cor­byn has warned, as the Prime Min­is­ter is­sued a last-ditch plea to MPS to back her Brexit deal or risk stay­ing in the EU.

The Labour leader said peo­ple should “see what hap­pens” to­mor­row, when Mrs May’s con­tro­ver­sial With­drawal Agree­ment is put to a vote in the Com­mons, but said his party would ta­ble a con­fi­dence mo­tion “at a time of our choos­ing”.

Mr Cor­byn told BBC One’s The An­drew Marr Show: “We will ta­ble a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in the Gov­ern­ment at a time of our choos­ing, but it’s go­ing to be soon, don’t worry about it.”

It came after the Prime Min­is­ter warned of a “cat­a­strophic and un­for­giv­able” breach of trust in democ­racy if her exit plan is de­feated and the UK re­mains in the EU.

With just two days to go be­fore the Com­mons vote on her With­drawal Agree­ment, the Prime Min­is­ter pleaded with par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to “do what is right for our coun­try” and back her deal.

While Brexit Sec­re­tary Steve Bar­clay said there was “some move­ment” from MPS to sup­port the agree­ment which is widely ex­pected to be de­feated, he thought that if it fell, the Com­mons would even­tu­ally sup­port some­thing “along the lines of this deal”.

And he warned of a “grow­ing risk” that Par­lia­ment could frus­trate Brexit, fol­low­ing re­ports of a plot to change Com­mons rules to en­able back­bench mo­tions to take prece­dence over Gov­ern­ment busi­ness if Mrs May’s deal falls.

Down­ing Street said it was “ex­tremely con­cerned” about the plans, re­ported in the Sun­day Times, which could threaten Brexit leg­is­la­tion and the Gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to gov­ern.

Mean­while, Lib­eral Demo­crat leader Sir Vince Ca­ble said it would be “un­for­giv­able” if a no-deal Brexit was al­lowed to hap­pen, adding: “I think Par­lia­ment will take con­trol of this process, will in­sist that we pur­sue the op­tion of no Brexit.”

Sir Vince said this could hap­pen by can­celling Ar­ti­cle 50 – which he noted would be “re­sented by lots of peo­ple” – or via a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.

Mr Cor­byn hinted that Ar­ti­cle 50 may be ex­tended if his party came into power. He told Marr: “If a gen­eral elec­tion takes place and a Labour gov­ern­ment comes in... clearly there’s only a few weeks be­tween that and the leave date, there would have to be time for those ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

As spec­u­la­tion mounted that Mrs May’s deal would be de­feated, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Sir John Ma­jor called for Ar­ti­cle 50 to be re­voked and to halt Brexit, as he warned it would be “morally rep­re­hen­si­ble” to crash out with­out a deal.

It also emerged that 14 mil­i­tary plan­ners have been de­ployed to four key White­hall de­part­ments to as­sist with no-deal plan­ning, ac­cord­ing to a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest by the Ob­server.

Mean­while, more than 100 MEPS from 26 EU mem­ber states signed a let­ter call­ing on the UK to “re­con­sider” the Brexit de­ci­sion.

Jeremy Cor­byn

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