MPs from other parties have tabled a no-confidence motion compliant with the terms of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act (FTPA):
The motion, which is certain to fail if ERG-group Tories such as Jacob Rees-Mogg and DUP MPs do what they have said they will and vote in support of Theresa May.
The hypocrisy in both cases is huge but solid. In view of the vanishingly-small chance of success of such a vote before the Commons vote on May’s dismal withdrawal deal next month, the motivation of the MPs is most likely an ill-judged attempt to force Labour to back a new Brexit referendum.
Until tonight, many centrists had insisted only Corbyn could table such a no-confidence motion, in an attempt to hide behind the Labour leader and force him to make a premature move when the parliamentary arithmetic is against success. John Bercow, however, has indicated he considers it his decision.
All the signatories are advocates of the arrogantly-titled “people’s vote” or otherwise opponents of Brexit in any form.
In spite of misrepresentation by media and centrist politicians, Labour’s policy does not commit the party under any circumstances to campaigning for a new referendum. A motion passed at the party’s conference in September says it will be kept open as an option.
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