British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a catastrophic defeat Tuesday as Parliament overwhelmingly rejected her Brexit deal with the European Union — a defeat that places the future of Brexit in doubt and is likely to spark calls for May’s ouster via a general election.
She crossed the people and she will be punished. This gives Mrs May less than 24 hours to fight for her job.
British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a crushing defeat Tuesday as Parliament overwhelmingly rejected her Brexit deal with the European Union — a defeat that places the future of Brexit in doubt and intensified calls for May’s ouster via a general election.
May’s withdrawal agreement was voted down 432-202, the largest for a prime minister in the history of the House of Commons. May was expected to lose, but the extent to which she lost was significant and marks a devastating blow for her leadership and her ability to go back to Brussels and negotiate further concessions. (FOX)
24 hours for May to save her job – here’s how no confidence vote works
A motion has been brought. How likely is an election? What happens to Mrs May? Would the government fall? Your questions answered.
20:12, SKY UK, Tuesday 15 January 2019
Image: Jeremy Corbyn has called a no confidence vote in the government
By Alan McGuinness and Sanya Burgess, political reporters
Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been defeated by 230 votes – the biggest government defeat in history.
And now Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no confidence in the government.
The vote itself will be held on Wednesday at 7pm following a debate in the Commons.
MPs will be asked to vote on a motion: “That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government.”
This gives Mrs May less than 24 hours to fight for her job.
Theresa May is hoping to win over the DUP with a series of pledges
Image: A defeat for Mrs May is not a surefire outcome
There is no limit to the number of times Mr Corbyn can call a no confidence vote, but it is unlikely that the leader of the opposition would started a fight he did not think he could win.
And with the DUP saying they will stand by their agreement with the Tories, a defeat for Mrs May is not a surefire outcome.
If the government wins, the consequence is simple: Mrs May continues in office.
But, if she loses, all bets are off.
The magic number that the prime minister needs to win the vote is 318. But Sky News data-crunching reveals she is set to fall well short.
The government would fall and there would be a period of 14 days in which a new government can be formed. There are no rigid rules of what must happen during this fortnight period.
Mrs May, who has previously said she would not fight the 2022 election, could attempt to cling on and form a new administration.
However, she may decide it is time to go and hand the reins over to someone else.
A new Conservative leader would then have the chance to form a government – as would opposition parties.
The current make-up of parliament means the Conservatives remain the only party with enough numbers to have a likely chance of controlling the Commons.
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The new government is confirmed in office through passing a resolution in the Commons “That this House has confidence in Her Majesty’s Government.”
However, if no government is presented after 14 days, there would be another general election.
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