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Theresa May’s confidence vote problems will only get worse

Labour plan to keep tabling motions of no confidence in the coming weeks until one works

January 15, 2019

5:31 PM

15 January 2019

5:31 PM

Theresa May is in a peculiar position after suffering the largest government defeat in history. The British Prime Minister’s Brexit plans look dead in the water and even she appeared to admit that she would now have to reach out to members of other parties and consider her options.

In a bid to capitalize on May’s misfortune, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed that the Labour party will table a motion of no confidence in the government. The vote will take place tomorrow afternoon following Prime Minister’s Questions. Yet for all the calamity of the evening, the Prime Minister is on course to win it comfortably. Both the Democratic Unionist Party and the Tory Brexiteers who voted against May’s deal say they will back her in a vote come tomorrow. Given that May emphasized her desire to agree a deal, those Remain MPs scared that she could go for no deal will also stick with her for the time-being.

But Theresa May’s troubles look set to get worse in the coming weeks and months. There had been an expectation that after tabling the second no confidence vote in as many months, Labour would have to back a second referendum – as members desire – if it became apparent an early election wasn’t possible. Those around Corbyn appear to have no such plans. They suggest that they plan to simply keep tabling motions of no confidence in the coming weeks and months until one works.

Given that May now faces the near impossible task of coming up with a viable alternative Brexit vote that wins another 116 votes while also keeping Remain Tories, Leave Tories and the DUP on side, those future confidence votes will prove a lot trickier to win.

This article was originally published on The Spectator’s UK website.

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