In a long-awaited statement, Theresa May has announced the Cabinet has agreed the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement. Mrs May said she believes the agreement was "the best that could be negotiated". Although Mrs May said she believes "this is a decision which is in the best interests of the United Kingdom", she would still need the support of parliament. And MPs could issue a vote of no confidence in her as soon as Thursday. Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street on Wednesday evening (Sky News) What is a 'no confidence' vote? A 'no confidence' vote is a formal motion in the House of Commons, with the wording: "That this house has no confidence in HM Government". To put it more colloquially, it would mean MPs feel the Prime Minister is no longer deemed fit to hold their role. According to the Conservative Party, a total of 48 letters would trigger a shutdown into Mrs May’s plan. A ‘no confidence’ vote would require just … [Read more...] about How a vote of no confidence would work as Theresa May’s leadership comes under threat
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LETTERS demanding a vote of no confidence are piling up against Theresa May as her own MPs wage war against her soft Brexit proposals. Here's how she could be kicked out of Downing Street. What is a vote of no confidence? There are two kinds, both of which Theresa May will be desperate to avoid. A motion of no confidence is moved in the House of Commons with the wording "that this House has no confidence in HM Government". The backing of a majority of MPs would topple the government. If a new government with the support of the Commons cannot be formed within 14 days, an early General Election is called. It is one of only two ways in which an early General Election may be triggered under the terms of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011. The other kind is a process within the Conservative party for removing a leader. Tory MPs can write to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee expressing no confidence in Mrs May. If enough MPs demanded it there would be a vote of all Tory … [Read more...] about What’s a vote of no confidence, will Theresa May face a leadership challenge and how many MPs have called for one?
A group of Labour MPs is urging the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to table a vote of no confidence in the government immediately, to expose the lack of support in the House of Commons for Theresa May’s Brexit strategy. Labour’s policy is to wait and see whether May secures a deal with Brussels and then vote against it. If she loses that vote, according to a motion passed at the party’s conference, “all options are on the table” – including a general election, or failing that, another referendum. But some Labour MPs are sceptical about their party’s chances of securing a general election in those circumstances – and inclined to believe May’s insistence that, if her deal is rejected, Britain would be heading for a no-deal Brexit. The Stoke-on-Trent Central MP, Gareth Snell, is among MPs who met in Westminster on Tuesday morning and agreed that if their party was serious about trying to force a general election to change the direction … [Read more...] about MPs urge Jeremy Corbyn to table vote of no confidence in Theresa May
Sweden's centre-right opposition and the far right ousted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a vote of no-confidence on Tuesday, as the left and right blocs wrangle over who can form a new government after neither won a majority in September 9 elections. Lofven's departure was widely anticipated. The head of the opposition four-party Alliance, Ulf Kristersson, has since election night insisted that he intends to try to form a government. With neither bloc able to build a majority, the far-right, anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who won almost 18 percent of votes in the election and is the country's third-biggest party, has demanded it be given influence over Swedish politics in exchange for its support in parliament. But neither the left nor right has been willing to negotiate with the Sweden Democrats. "Sweden needs a new government that has broad political support to undertake reforms," Kristersson told parliament moments before the confidence vote on Tuesday. A total of 204 of 349 … [Read more...] about Swedish parliament ousts PM in vote of no-confidence
Sweden's centre-right opposition and the far-right ousted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a vote of no-confidence on Tuesday, after September 9 elections left neither the left or right bloc with a majority. A total of 204 of 349 members of parliament voted against Lofven, while 142 voted in favour of him. "Sweden needs a new government that has broad political support to undertake reforms," the head of the opposition Alliance coalition, Ulf Kristersson, told parliament moments before the vote. The speaker of parliament, Andreas Norlen, was expected to meet the leaders of the eight parties represented in parliament in the coming days to determine who is best placed to form the next government. Norlen is widely expected to task Kristersson with the job, but the Alliance does not hold a majority in parliament and has so far ruled out any collaboration with the far-right anti-immigration Sweden Democrats. Lofven's left-wing bloc holds 144 seats in the new parliament, just one more than the … [Read more...] about Swedish parliament ousts PM Lofven in vote of no-confidence