British opposition leader tabled a no-confidence motion against PM Theresa May
Source :NewsBharati   Date :18-Dec-2018




London, Dec 18: British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a non-binding no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May after she told MPs they will only get a delayed vote on her Brexit deal in the new year.

After she said MPs would not vote on her Brexit deal until the week of 14 January.

Downing Street accused the Labour leader of a political "stunt" after he tabled a long-threatened but non-binding motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister. He said he was tabling the motion after Mrs May refused to hold a meaningful vote on the Withdrawal Agreement before Christmas.

But Mr Corbyn stopped short of bringing a motion of no confidence in the Government under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act (FTPA) which, if the opposition won, could trigger a General Election.

"This house has no confidence in the prime minister due to her failure to allow the House of Commons to have a meaningful vote," Labour leader Corbyn told lawmakers on Monday ahead of tabling the motion in parliament.

Corbyn said the move was "the only way I can think of ensuring a vote takes place this week".

The government must agree to the non-binding vote and even if successful it would not automatically trigger May's downfall.

House of Commons authorities said the government will decide whether the motion is debated and voted on, but noted it is "parliamentary convention that any such request is granted".

May last week survived a party confidence vote initiated by her own Conservative colleagues opposed to her Brexit strategy but emerged badly wounded after a third of her parliamentary party voted to oust her.

May said a vote on the deal -- which was postponed on December 11 to avoid defeat -- would be held in the week beginning 14 January.

A vote of no-confidence from a majority in the House of Commons could leave her authority further weakened -- and potentially prompt another vote in her entire government and a general election.