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Debates to be held in British House of Commons before no-confidence vote

If Theresa May's government loses there could be an immediate general election
11:18, 16 January 2019

UK's House of Commons
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A vote of no confidence will be debated in the House of Commons today, on Wednesday, January 16. Jeremy Corbyn, the U.K. opposition leader has tabled a motion of no-confidence in the government following the defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal by 432 votes to 202, The Guardian reports. Speaking after the announcement of the results, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, said the result was a “catastrophic defeat” for the government.

This will be the first such debate under the 2011 Fixed-term Parliaments Act, which seeks to keep governments to five-year terms by removing the previous ability of prime ministers to call an election when they wanted.

If the government loses there could be an immediate general election. 

May must present a “motion in neutral terms” to the Commons by Monday. This could be amended, meaning in theory backbenchers with their own ideas could try to seize control of the process. Much will depend on whether the Speaker, John Bercow, allows such interventions.

 

Theresa May, British Prime Minister
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As we reported earlier, Theresa May lost by 230 votes after lawmakers voted by 432 to 202 to reject the deal. Politicians from different political parties rejected the proposed Withdrawal Agreement, currently the only deal agreed with the European Union on how Britain should exit the bloc in March of this year.

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