LABOUR is planning to put forward a motion of no confidence in Theresa May before Christmas to protest her decision to postpone the "meaningful vote" on her proposed Brexit divorce deal, Labour MP Jenny Chapman revealed.
The Labour backbencher confirmed on Tuesday a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister is "definitely on its way" after she announced the vote on her proposed Brexit deal was to be delayed. MPs were expected to cast their vote on the Brexit divorce deal after five days of intense debate but Theresa May pulled the plug last minute before jetting off to the continent to seek the support of EU allies in The Netherlands and Germany. But her decision appeared to spur the opposition into preparing to oust her.
Speaking to LBC, Ms Chapman said: "There will be a vote of no confidence. In a situation like this, where a Government can no longer get its business through Parliament, a Prime Minister that can’t win votes and we’ve got to the point where she won’t even put a vote to Parliament – any responsible opposition would have no option but to put a vote of no confidence to the House."
The Labour MP insisted the Party will take time to "consider" its options but insisted a motion of no confidence will indeed be moved before Christmas.
She continued: "It’s not going to be immediate because this is something the nation wants to see us consider. It’s gonna happen, it’s on its way.
"I think the vote of confidence will probably come before Santa does if I can put it that way. I put it farther down than I was intending to."
A motion of no confidence, or censure motion, is a motion moved in the House of Commons with the wording: “That this House has no confidence in HM Government.”
A confidence motion may take the form of either a vote of confidence, usually put forward by the government, or a vote of no confidence, usually proposed by the opposition (which is what Mr Corbyn is being urged to do now).
If a motion of no confidence is agreed to, the House of Commons must vote on the government within 14 days.
Should the vote of no confidence passes Parliament would be dissolved in preparation for a new general election.