May to face a vote of no con­fi­dence ‘soon’

Labour leader’s warn­ing ahead of last-ditch Brexit plea to MPs

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS / POLITICS - HAR­RIET LINE

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 Euro­pean Union.

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 BBC1’s 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 the Com­mons vote on her With­drawal Agree­ment loom­ing, 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 had been “some move­ment” from MPs to sup­port the agree­ment – which is widely ex­pected to be de­feated – he said 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 a na­tional news­pa­per, which could threaten Brexit leg­is­la­tion and the gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to gov­ern.

Mr Bar­clay told Marr: “What re­cent events have shown, with events over the last week with what hap­pened on the le­gal ad­vice where the gov­ern­ment was forced to act in a way it didn’t want to, is the un­cer­tainty in terms of what will hap­pen in the House has in­creased.

“So those on the Brex­i­teer side seek­ing ide­o­log­i­cal pu­rity with a deal are risk­ing Brexit, be­cause there is a grow­ing risk that events could un­fold in ways that (mean) they are leav­ing the door ajar to ways that in­crease the risk to Brexit.”

Mean­while, Lib­eral Demo­crat leader Sir Vince Ca­ble said it would be “ou­tra­geous and 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 have to be ex­tended if his party came into power.

He told Marr: “Clearly, if Theresa May’s deal is voted down, clearly if a gen­eral elec­tion takes place and a Labour gov­ern­ment comes in – an elec­tion would take place in Fe­bru­ary or March – there’s only a few weeks be­tween that and the leave date, there would have to be time for those ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

Writ­ing in a Sun­day news­pa­per, Mrs May said: “You, the British peo­ple, voted to leave. And then, in the 2017 gen­eral elec­tion, 80% of you voted for MPs who stood on man­i­festos to re­spect that ref­er­en­dum re­sult. You have de­liv­ered your in­struc­tions. Now it is our turn to de­liver for you.

“When you turned out to vote in the ref­er­en­dum, you did so be­cause you wanted your voice to be heard. Some of you put your trust in the po­lit­i­cal process for the first time in decades. We can­not – and must not – let you down.

“Do­ing so would be a cat­a­strophic and un­for­giv­able breach of trust in our democ­racy.”

Pic­tures: PA.

Jeremy Cor­byn has is­sued a warn­ing to Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, with the vote over her Brexit With­drawal Agree­ment due to­mor­row.

Sir Vince Ca­ble: Ex­pects Par­lia­ment to “take con­trol”.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.