May was expected to tell Cabinet meeting this morning that further defeat of her deal will trigger general election but meeting has now been shortened
Theresa May was expected to tell her Cabinet this morning that she would make the next vote on her deal a formal confidence vote in a desperate attempt to force Tory MPs to back her abysmal Brexit deal.
Making the issue a confidence matter would mean a government loss would bring down the government under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act (FTPA), triggering a 14-day countdown to the announcement of a general election if no one could form a government within that period able to win a new confidence vote.
Today’s Cabinet meeting was expected to last five hours to accommodate May’s unspecified ‘big move’ that was flagged last night. However, the meeting has now reverted to a more typical three hours – suggesting that she has backed down from her planned brinkmanship.
However, the confidence issue is likely to be taken out of her hands, with Labour planning a new no-confidence motion at the earliest suitable moment and certainly following any further defeat for May’s deal.
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