While Theresa May sighs bleakly with both relief and dread after winning last night's vote, is Jeremy Corbyn taking a deep breath before landing a punch on her Government with his own motion of no confidence? As the leader of the Opposition needs Tory votes to win a motion of no-confidence, his decision to call one will partly depend on whether he thinks the Tory party's committed Brexiteers and Remainers are willing to do the unthinkable and vote down their own Government. On the one hand, he could court the Brexiteers. Although they are heaping on the pressure for the Prime Minister to step down, hopeful that she will listen now that she is faced with the hard, cold reality that a third of... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one … [Read more...] about Why Jeremy Corbyn could still call a vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s government, and what would happen next
COLUM Eastwood has said he is "bewildered" to hear Jeremy Corbyn reject the backstop element of the withdrawal agreement, while characterising the soft border guarantee as a threat to the union. The SDLP leader was speaking after Labour MP Conor McGinn said Mr Corbyn risked alienating nationalists by "invoking the integrity of the union" in his opposition to Theresa May's Brexit deal. It has also emerged that the Labour Party Irish Society has written to the party's 257 MPs voicing concern about its leadership's support for ditching the backstop, which guarantees a frictionless border. Mr Corbyn has said the backstop would not feature in any withdrawal deal negotiated by a Labour government. Read More: Read More: But according to Mr Eastwood, the analysis from his sister party's leader is putting "political opportunity" ahead of securing a soft border. "I have no problem with Labour MPs who have a genuine view that they can vote this withdrawal agreement down but in all circumstances … [Read more...] about Colum Eastwood frustrated by Jeremy Corbyn’s backstop stance
News / UK and world by Press Association December 12, 2018, 1:36 pm Updated: December 12, 2018, 1:44 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Theresa May claimed a Jeremy Corbyn government is a bigger “threat” to the economy than Brexit as she faced demands to quit as Prime Minister. Mrs May told MPs she has “made some progress” on Brexit talks following her dash to Europe after cancelling a parliamentary vote on her deal, before saying of Labour’s approach: “No plan, no clue, no Brexit.” Labour leader Mr Corbyn repeatedly pushed the PM to hold a vote on her Brexit deal and said the “sorry saga” is frustrating businesses, workers and Tory MPs. He also warned whatever happens with the Conservative Party leadership, it will do “nothing to solve the Government’s inability” to get a deal which works for the UK. SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford piled further … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn poses bigger economic threat than Brexit: Theresa May
Jane Merrick Follow 12 December 2018 • 11:14am The confidence vote in Theresa May has not only caused turmoil in the Conservative Party but, potentially, destabilised the government and could set off a train of events that results in a general election. This begs the question: is the Labour Party ready for government? At the height of John Major’s leadership crisis over Europe in 1995, Tony Blair memorably made maximum capital out of the then Prime Minister’s problems, telling him at PMQs: “I lead my party, he follows his.” Back then, it was clear that Blair was in charge of an opposition ready to take power whenever that moment came. Today, the same cannot be said of Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour frontbench. As the Brexit crisis has intensified... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn has missed his opportunity to twist the knife in the crumbling Tory Party
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn is said to be under pressure to make a bid for the PM's job before Christmas. But how easy is it to oust a flailing Prime Minister? Here's what we know so far. Could Corbyn take over now? It's complicated. The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 dictates that a full term lasts five years. Before that legislation came in, it was far easier to call an election with just six weeks notice. As per her five-year term, Conservative leader Theresa May is signed up to the top job until 2022. But since the PM called the disastrous 2017 snap election that lost her Commons majority she has struggled to make much headway at all with Brexit - her most pressing task at hand. This has contributed to her increasing loss of authority, as MPs on both sides of the benches question her ability to cut a deal they're happy with. As of December 12, 2018, May was facing her biggest test yet after enough Tory MPs called for a vote of no confidence in her leadership. If she wins the … [Read more...] about Could Jeremy Corbyn be PM and if Theresa May resigns could there be another general election?