May runs scared as Corbyn tables no confidence vote
The government has refused to allow time to debate a Labour motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
Mr Corbyn tabled the motion on Monday calling on MPs to declare that they have "no confidence in the prime minister due to her failure to allow the House of Commons to have a meaningful vote straightaway" on Theresa May's Brexit deal, however the Tories have refused to allow the motion to be debated.
In a speech to the House, Corbyn said Mrs. May was a "Prime Minister whose authority has been lost."
"It is clear that the Prime Minister has failed to renegotiate her deal, failed to get any meaningful reassurances." he added.
"There is no excuse for any more dither or delay."
"This Government has already become the first in British history to be held in contempt by Parliament."
"The debate on the meaningful vote was pulled at the last minute and the Prime Minister has now wasted five weeks having achieved nothing not a single word renegotiated not a single reassurance gained."
"This last week has embodied the failure, chaos and indecision at the heart of this Government’s shambolic handling of Brexit."
If the government continue to refuse to allow time to debate the motion, Labour then has the option to escalate the vote to a full vote of confidence in the government, which according to parliamentary procedure would have to be debated at the earliest opportunity available, likely mid-January.
Although DUP and Tory Eurosceptics have so far refused to back the motion, Labour is banking on May being unable to secure agreement from the EU to rewrite the Northern Irish backstop, which would mean the province kept in a form of regulatory alignment with the EU, even in the case where the rest of the UK diverges, meaning some form of border controls in the Irish sea, something unacceptable to the DUP and Tory right.
A government spokesperson said "We won’t allow time for what is a stunt. The FTPA (Fixed-Term Parliaments Act) applies if Labour wants to put down a motion under the terms of that."