‘If Jeremy won’t do it we will! SNP vow to bring a motion of no confidence to try to topple May’s government if Corbyn does not table one by the end of the day
- SNP, Lib Dems and Greens have written to Labour urging them to table the vote
- SNP said if Jeremy Corbyn refuses to by the end of the day they will call one
- As her critics circle, PM is on EU wide tour to desperately try to salvage her deal
The SNP today vowed to to put down there own confidence motion to bring try and topple Theresa May if Jeremy Corbyn refuses to by the end of the day.
Nicola Sturgeon said that if this vote does not succeed in forcing a general election, she wanted Labour to go on to support a second referendum.
And Ian Blackford, the party’s leader in Westminster, repeated the threat, as he appeared next to the Lib Dems, Greens and Welsh nationalists Plaid Cyrmu.
The parties have all written to the Labour leader to demand that he calls the crunch vote in Mrs May.
Appearing at a press conference in Westminster this morning, Mr Blackford said: ‘If Jeremy can’t put himself in that position, then we as leaders of other opposition parties must rise to that challenge.’
Asked what the deadline is for the Labour leader, he said ‘I think Jeremy has until the end of today’.
SNP MP and the party’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford (pictured at today’s People’s Vote event’ said Labour have until the end of the day to table the no confidence vote or they will
Theresa May held crucial talks with Angela Merkel in Berlin (pictured) as she begs for help winning over furious MPs on her Brexit deal, but back in Westminster calls for her to face a no confidence vote were growing
But despite facing a growing clamour to call the vote, Labour has refused to do so – saying the time is not yet right.
John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, claimed the SNP was pushing for a no confidence vote it knew would lose, because it actually feared an election because it would lose seats.
Union baron Len McCluskey, a key ally of Mr Corbyn, said the Labour leader should not be ‘bounced’ into action.
And the party leadership slapped down shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman who suggested a no confidence vote could occur before Christmas.
Speaking on the Radio 4 Today programme, Ms Sturgeon revealed her party had held talks with Labour in Westminster on Monday about the next steps to take.
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‘As I understand it, they don’t think the time is right for a motion of confidence,’ she said. ‘For goodness sake, if the time is not right now, when will the time be right?
‘It’s a government that has ceased to govern – it’s not functioning any longer so it can’t go on and I think it is incumbent now on the official opposition to lodge a motion of no confidence.
‘I signalled yesterday that the SNP would support that.’
If that failed, she said a second referendum was the best way forward.
Yesterday morning representatives of four opposition parties wrote to Mr Corbyn urging him to join them in tabling a motion, saying there was now an ‘overwhelming’ case.
The letter was signed by Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Mr Blackford and Plaid Cymru Westminster group leader Liz Saville Roberts.
Mr Blackford said the Labour leader ‘has to do that by the close of business today’ or the other opposition parties would ‘accept that responsibility and lay down that motion of no confidence’.
Labour MP Margaret Beckett (pictured, centre, at the People’s Vote press conference in Westminster today) demanded her leader Jeremy Corbyn take action and table a vote of no confidence in Theresa May
But Mr McDonnell said: ‘Who can delve into the mind of Nicola Sturgeon but my view is that they want to lose a vote of no-confidence and then avoid a general election because they know we’re breathing down their necks in Scotland; we’ll take seats off them in so many marginals.’
And Mr McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite union, said: ‘Jeremy Corbyn should not be bounced by those who have little or no interest in seeing Labour elected.’
An influential committee of MPs said Mrs May would be expected to resign if the House of Commons expressed no confidence in her leadership, even if it was not in a statutory motion.
The Fixed-term Parliaments Act includes a statutory mechanism by which a general election can be triggered by a vote of no confidence.
But the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee said any expression of no confidence in the Government – whether in statutory or non-statutory terms – removes the Prime Minister’s authority to govern and should prompt her departure.
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