A motion of no confidence in the government is just the start of a wider process

The Press Association has provided this helpful guide to the motion of no-confidence, tabled by Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to bring about a general election. The vote is scheduled to be held tomorrow afternoon.

It is the first time the procedure has been used under the provisions of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, passed by the coalition government under David Cameron.

This is how it will work:

Mr Corbyn will move the motion tabled in his name as Leader of the Opposition and will speak first in the debate scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

The Prime Minister will then speak for the government and at the end of proceedings at 7pm, MPs will vote.

If the government wins there will not be a general election and ministers will carry on in office.

If the government loses, the Act states there must be an “early” election unless the government can regain the confidence of the House by winning a confidence vote within 14 days.

During that two-week period there is no statutory limit on how many times a confidence motion can be brought forward and voted on.

In the course of that period the opposition may seek to form alliances within the Commons to demonstrate that they are the party most likely to command the confidence of the House and therefore should be given the opportunity to form a government.

The shadow international trade secretary Barry Gardiner has already suggested that the PM could face a series of confidence votes in the coming weeks.

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has said the SNP supports Jeremy Corbyn’s confidence motion. Describing the vote as “a defeat of historic proportions for the prime minister and her government”, Sturgeon said:

It has been crystal clear for months that the prime minister’s approach was heading for a crushing defeat. Instead of facing up to that fact, she wasted valuable time with her postponement of the meaningful vote in December. There is no more time to waste.

It’s almost certain that all of the other opposition parties will support the motion. But the DUP have already stated that they will support the government tomorrow, which was expected.

Here are the figures for how the parties voted on Theresa May’s deal:


You can sign the petition (here) to register your own no confidence in Theresa May’s government, and demand a general election.


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6 thoughts on “A motion of no confidence in the government is just the start of a wider process

  1. I was disappointed to find that I had to reopen my ‘cancelled’ Facebook account to vote against Theresa May. Some time ago I was surprised to find I had to have a Google account (also cancelled) to get updates from The Canary. Am I missing something or are these people asking the enemy for permission to protest against the enemy? I for one am sick and tired of large companies acting as if they have some kind of legal authority – they don’t. They rely on the public for their very existence and yet bully the public to do as they are told whilst using their private data in unauthorised clandestine “experiments’. Something very weird here or is it just stupidity?
    Some twelve months ago I decided to open a blog (nexexxblog.wordpress). After a year I decided to give-up trying to get it to work. Every time I checked there was something I had omitted from the check-list. Every time I completed the check-list and got an OK, time after time. My ‘working’ WordPress website, as I recall, was up and running inside about twenty minutes. So I gave-up on the blog. WordPress have now introduced a new text editor that can only be described as crap. It’s so bad it defies description. It seems I can only get shot of it and revert to the original editor if I pay £70 + for an upgrade.
    There is nothing in the rules that they can use to justify shutting me down and so it seems they are doing it by the back door. It happened before back in 2015 and so I’m not surprised. Let it be known that whatever they do I will be back online somehow.

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    1. I still have the option on this site to use the old editor, I tested the new one, and you’re right, it’s rubbish. I couldn’t even find a way of highlighting the hyperlinks, or ensuring the text was in black – it comes out grey – because a couple of my readers have said the grey is difficult to read because of problems with their vision. The higher contrast helps.

      I won’t be changing to the new editor any time soon. If they make me pay to keep it, I’ll walk.

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  2. The ‘enemy’ holds well together in the face of dire adversity and ‘socialists’ could learn much from this very basic but fundamental display of unity: nevertheless, the ‘shield wall’ has been broken before: they are not invincible!

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