Brexit news: Corbyn wages war on no deal – how does a no confidence vote work?

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SPECULATION of an early September no confidence vote in the Government is growing, while Jeremy Corbyn urges party leaders to install him as interim PM. So how does a no confidence vote work?

So how does a no confidence vote work?

What is the Government wins?

But what if it loses?

There is a growing likelihood that opposition parties will call a no confidence vote against the sitting Government in an attempt to block a no deal Brexit. On Thursday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on opposition leaders and Tory rebels to install him as caretaker Prime Minister while the Brexit crisis is resolved. If he succeeds, he plans to delay Brexit, call a snap election and campaign for another referendum.

Mr Corbyn asked opposition figures and Tory rebels for their support in a letter on Wednesday, pledging that a Government led by him would be “strictly time-limited”.

The letter has already been met with a mixed response, with Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson calling him “divisive” and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying Mr Corbyn must “finally and firmly come off the fence on Brexit and stop trying to equivocate and prevaricate”.

Downing Street said Mr Corbyn would “overrule the referendum and wreck the economy” if he became Prime Minister.

Mr Corbyn said he would call the no confidence vote at the “earliest opportunity when we can be confident of success”.

So how does a no confidence vote work?

According to Parliament’s official website, a motion of no confidence, or censure motion, is a motion moved in the House of Commons with the wording: “That this House has no confidence in HM Government.”

Basically, it’s a chance for MPs to hold a vote on whether they want the current Government to continue.

Any MP can propose a motion of no confidence, but if the opposition leader – currently Jeremy Corbyn – calls one, it must be debated and voted on.

The motion needs a simple majority to pass – so, just one more MP needs to vote for the motion than against for the Government to lose the confidence of the House.

What is the Government wins?

Nothing happens if the Government wins, it will remain in place as is.

A win would likely strengthen the Government’s hand as it means the House is likely to vote with the Government on critical issues.

But what if it loses?

If the Government loses a no confidence vote, this triggers a 14-day period for the existing Government, or a new one, to command the confidence of the House.

These two weeks would see the current Government pulling out all the stops to rally support and win a second vote, or rattle together a new administration with the promise of changing tack.

There are no firm rules about who can try to form a new government during these weeks, but the opposition is an obvious candidate.

If no Government can command support in the 14 day period, a general election must be called.

Parliament is dissolved 25 working days before the general election date.

The time between the election being called and the date of the election itself, purdah rules apply.

Under purdah guidance, the incumbent Government is not permitted to make any policy announcements or introduce any new initiatives.

It is through purdah rules that opposition leaders hope to prevent Boris Johnson allowing a no deal Brexit on October 31.

So how does a no confidence vote work?

What is the Government wins?

But what if it loses?

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