UK opposition tables govt 'no confidence'

The Brexit debate has seen British Prime Minister Theresa May under increasing pressure.
The Brexit debate has seen British Prime Minister Theresa May under increasing pressure.

The Scottish National Party and other opposition parties have tabled a vote of no confidence in the UK government.

It comes after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn demanded a Commons vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's future after she confirmed a vote on her Brexit deal would not take place until after Christmas.

The SNP, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Greens tabled a vote of no confidence in the UK government following a meeting on Tuesday evening.

They said the decision follows constant pressure on Mr Corbyn to table a motion of no confidence in the UK government under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, which he has not done.

SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP met with Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable, Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts and Green MP Caroline Lucas on Tuesday and they took a joint decision to put forward a vote of no confidence in the names of the opposition leaders.

It is understood the Government only has to give time to motions tabled in the name of the Leader of the Opposition.

A Scottish Labour spokesman said: "The SNP seem more interested in Labour's parliamentary tactics than in the Tory Government's botched Brexit deal, and they have made it clear they do not expect, or even want, this motion to pass. It suits the SNP to keep the Tories in power, with all the chaos and instability that will bring.

"We have said we will not table a motion like this for the purpose of it being defeated, we will do it when we judge it most likely to be successful.

"MPs on all sides are furious that Theresa May is running scared of bringing her deal to the Commons, and Labour is demanding a vote on this as soon as possible."

Australian Associated Press