Sunday 18 August 2019

Corbyn rules out no-confidence vote until at least September as 40 Tory rebels hamstring PM's plan


Jeremy Corbyn. Picture: PA
Jeremy Corbyn. Picture: PA

Anna Mikhailova

Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out bringing a confidence vote in Boris Johnson's government until at least September.

It comes as "a minimum of 40" Tory MPs are braced to rebel against the British government to block a no-deal Brexit after Remain-backing ministers quit before Mr Johnson entered Downing Street.

However, the opposition leader said he will table a confidence vote only when he think it will be "successful", effectively ruling it out until Parliament returns after the recess.

Philip Hammond submitted his resignation letter as chancellor to Theresa May after her final Prime Minister's Questions. He used it to warn Mr Johnson over his spending commitments, saying the fiscal headroom he built up as chancellor was a "luxury" which he should "use wisely".

David Gauke, the justice secretary, and Rory Stewart, the international development secretary, also formally quit after PMQs, having previously said they would not serve under Mr Johnson. While Mr Gauke has ruled out voting against the government in a confidence vote, the so-called 'Gaukward squad' resignations will bolster rebel ranks on the Tory benches.

One MP who opposes a no-deal Brexit said "a minimum" of 40 Tory rebels could now vote to stop it.

Irish Independent

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