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Health secretary Matt Hancock has chartered a dedicate NHS aeroplane to ensure vital medical supplies are flown into the UK from Holland during a no-deal Brexit.

The aircraft will ferry crucial medical isotopes needed for cancer treatment and other diagnostics after Britain leaves the EU next March, HuffPost can reveal.

And in an ironic twist, the emergency supplies will be sourced direct from an airport in Maastricht - the Dutch town that has become famous for the EU integration treaty that sparked the original Tory Eurosceptic rebellion.

The Department of Health triggered its no-deal preparations - one of the biggest and most expensive of any government department - last week.

The aircraft will fly regularly between Birmingham International Airport and Maastricht-Aachen airport to pick up specialist cargo of isotopes and other ‘short-life’ supplies from key producers in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Under a no-deal Brexit, current rules on European flights would be uncertain, and scientists have warned that the UK withdrawal from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) would make it harder to source medical istopes.

Hancock’s decision to authorise the chartering of a dedicated plane emerged as the cabinet triggered wider no-deal contingency plans across the whole of government.

Maastricht-Aachen airport will source the key supplies

More than 3,000 troops have been put on standby for a chaotic, no-deal Brexit after Theresa May and other ministers decided to ‘ramp up’ emergency plans for the UK crashing out of the EU.

Previously, Hancock has said work is being done on emergency flights for medical supplies but until now few details have been given.

Other work to fast-track lorries containing medicines through ports such as Dover is also being carried out, with priority lanes for the NHS.

The health secretary revealed on BBC’s Newsnight this week that no-deal planning had made him “the largest buyer of fridges in the world”, in order to provide short-term refrigeration of key drugs and other products.

Defence secretary Gavin Williamson revealed that regular and reserve military personnel were now in a state of ‘readiness’ to support government departments to deal with the fall-out of leaving without an agreement with Brussels.

The armed forces plan - swiftly dubbed a ‘Brexit battalion’ - emerged as the cabinet triggered contingency moves to warn families and businesses to brace themselves for a no-deal outcome when the UK leaves the 28-nation bloc next March.

British Army troops at the 2012 Olympics

During a lengthy cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister stressed to colleagues that her Brexit deal was “our best mitigation against no-deal”, but said that as a “sensible government” it had to plan for “every eventuality”.

However continuing splits in May’s top team surfaced in the three-hour meeting. Justice Secretary David Gauke warned hardline Brexiteers that a ‘managed no-deal’ was a fantasy.

“It’s not the job of Cabinet to propagate unicorns, but to slay them,” he said during the meeting, one government source told HuffPost UK.

Chancellor Philip Hammond also lambasted the idea of a ‘managed no-deal’, stating it was “not viable”, while Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd added: “Just because you put a seatbelt on, doesn’t mean you crash the car”.

Both were a direct criticism of ministers like Penny Mordaunt who have floated the suggestion of withholding £20bn from the EU while reverting to basic trade rules.


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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has resigned amid pressure on his government, after the biggest party in his coalition quit over his support for a UN-backed migration pact.

Michel told Belgian legislators on Tuesday that he was “taking the decision to offer my resignation”, adding he was “now going to see the king” to inform him.

The legislators had been demanding that he submit his new minority government to a confidence vote, but Michel had so far refused and a confrontation seemed likely this week.

Amid calls from some in the assembly for an early election, Michel again refused, saying it would only lead to “stagnation for the whole of 2019.” The next election is due in Belgium in May.

As legislators applauded, he picked up his briefcase, shook the hands of a number of government ministers, and left.

The right-wing N-VA party quit the government after Michel sought parliamentary approval to support the global migration deal against its wishes, branding his minority government “the Marrakech coalition,” after the city where the agreement was signed just over a week ago.


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Ex-skills minister Nick Boles has been championing a Norway-style soft Brexit 

Former minister Nick Boles has declared he would leave the Conservative Party if a no-deal Brexit became Theresa May’s policy in yet another fractious day in Westminster. 

The senior MP, who has been championing a Norway-style soft Brexit, declared he would resign the Tory whip and vote “in any way necessary” to block the UK leaving the EU without a deal. 

The prime minister chaired a meeting of the cabinet on Tuesday morning when ministers agreed to trigger every aspect of emergency contingency planning, worth £2bn of public money. 

While there is no majority for a no-deal Brexit in parliament and despite the PM’s deal facing defeat in the Commons in January, May has refused to rule out Britain falling into World Trade Organisation rules in March. 

The government’s own analysis found that no-deal could hit the economy by a staggering 9.3% over 15 years, while the immediate aftermath of exit would spell chaos at the borders and in British airspace. 

 Pro-EU Tory MP Anna Soubry tweeted that she would join Boles and reject “party allegiance” to vote no-deal down. 

She later told the Commons, as part of a debate on Brexit, that “deeply irresponsible” ministers were playing the “ultimate game of brinkmanship” by ramping up plans to crash out. 

In another sign of the deep divisions within Westminster, Labour MP Geraint Davies told the Commons the UK was “walking slowly along the road to fascism” because of Brexit. 

He added Brexit was a “betrayal of socialism” and went on to make an impassioned case for a second referendum. 

He said the anger felt by people if a second Brexit referendum was called would pale into significance compared to a UK made poorer by EU withdrawal in the wake of a decade of austerity.  

“They will be poorer again and they won’t be angry, they will be massively enraged,” he said. “And we are walking slowly along the road to fascism – that’s what will happen in this country.”  

Former education secretary Justine Greening, meanwhile, called for MPs to step up and work through Christmas to tackle the crisis.

She warned of a “sense of drift” as fears mount that the PM is bidding to run down the clock so MPs are left with little choice but to back her withdrawal plans. 

“People simply won’t understand why this place is packing up and having a two-week holiday when we face the biggest constitutional crisis that this country has had in decades, it is simply wrong, the government has to recognise this,” she said.

Tory MP Justine Greening said Brexit has left the government paralysed

With the DUP fiercely opposed to the Northern Irish backstop clause and May unable to win any concessions from Brussels, parliament remains deadlocked over what to do next. 

Boles’ favoured Norway-style deal – membership of the European Economic Area/European Free Trade Association – is not thought to have the backing of a majority of MPs. 

On Monday, a cross-party 62-signature letter was sent to Number 10 in an anguished plea by backbenchers to get May to formally reject the worst case scenario of no-deal. It included the names of 19 Tory MPs – enough to swing a vote against the government. 

Independent MP Frank Field has called for the government to agree to “indicative votes” on Brexit: no-deal, May’s deal, the Norway plan, a Canada-style free trade deal, a second referendum 

While such a set of motions would not bind the government, and two cabinet ministers said they were open to it, May has poured cold water on the plan. 

And while Labour is demanding May face a Commons vote of no-confidence in her leadership, the PM has said she plans to put her deal to a vote in parliament on January 14. 


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Former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ professional Brendan Cole has claimed Stacey Dooley’s win makes a “mockery” of the show, as he also hit out at the show’s judges. 

The professional dancer, who was axed from the BBC ballroom show earlier this year, made the comments as he expressed his “disappointment” at the high number of 10s awarded during this year’s series. 

Speaking on Tuesday’s ‘Good Morning Britain’, Brendan said: “Craig Revel Horwood is mainly bang on the money, I’m not sure about the rest of [the judges]. I was really disappointed with how many 10s were thrown out across the board from various judges.”

Brendan Cole was axed from 'Strictly' earlier this year

During the weekend’s finale show, Steps singer Faye Tozer and former Pussycat Dolls performer Ashley Roberts were both awarded perfect scores for their trio of dances, compared to eventual winner Stacey’s scores of 39, 36 and 39.

Asked by host Piers Morgan how Stacey could have won despite having the lowest scores of the night, Brendan said: “Because it’s a popularity contest, it’s how the show wants it.”

Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton were crowned this year's champions on Saturday

Responding to Piers’ suggestion it might make the show seem “impure”, Brendan continued: “I think it makes a bit of a mockery of it, but at the same time it’s an entertainment show, it’s not a dance competition…

“10 means it’s perfect and, I’m sorry, I haven’t seen a perfect dance on Strictly in my 15 years.”

The judges have handed out a plethora of 10s this year

Meanwhile, Brendan also stuck up for Ashley during his ‘GMB’ appearance, following the backlash against her over her previous dance experience. 

Explaining ‘Strictly’ would be “boring” if “everyone was of a similar standard”, he said: “It would be really dull, you need the good ones. What I loved about Ashley is every single week she was better than the last and that’s what Strictly is about, getting better.”

Last week, Craig Revel Horwood hit back at public critique of the judges’ scoring, stating: “If you want to be a judge on the programme, if you’re opinionated and have over 20 years experience in the industry, then write to the BBC, ask for a job and see if you get employed.”

‘Good Morning Britain’ airs weekdays at 6am on ITV. 

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One proposal to break the Brexit impasse is to have a series of freestanding ‘indicative’ votes on the options. If we are going to do this, it’s really important to canvass the right options.

Being in a customs union – the common market which we originally joined in 1973 – is one of the most popular options with the public, who like economic cooperation with our European partners even when they shy away from political union or free movement.

Three objections are generally made to this option.

First, we are told it is too late to renegotiate this “new” idea. In fact however, this would not involve significant changes to the Withdrawal Agreement (although it might obviate the need for the vexed “backstop”) - the legally binding part of the deal negotiated which covers the rights of EU citizens, payments to the EU and the all-important transition period. Yet the most important aspect of Brexit is not the terms on which we leave, it is the nature of our future relationship with the EU. A major feature of the Prime Minister’s package is that the future framework is just that – an open-ended structure which leaves open the nature of the future relationship. This is yet to be negotiated. In order to reduce uncertainty, which is so damaging to the economy, we need now to bolt down much more firmly where we are going. When the EU and the Prime Minister say “it’s her deal or no deal” – they mean given her red lines. But she never agreed these with Parliament. One of them is no involvement of the ECJ, another is not being in a customs union. Relax these, and more becomes possible.

A second challenge is that it means accepting EU regulatory standards. But many industrialists want us to do that anyway! Pharmaceutical giant Glaxo are facing annual Brexit costs of £50million if we leave the European Medicines Agency and Customs Union; the processing industry wants the European Chemicals Agency, and so it goes on. Furthermore, environmentalists want us to keep the EU wide environmental standards and the Trade Unions have consistently set out the case for workers’ rights and the Social Chapter. Moreover, this would actually be easy to agree with the EU. One of their anxieties is that we start to engage in unfair competition by cutting regulatory standards and indeed this is what the Brextremist no dealers want to do.

The third challenge is that it makes it impossible to agree our own free trade agreements with third countries. I fear that this really is taking us into the land of unicorns. By now everyone knows that half of our trade is with the EU and that the UK benefits from free trade agreements with 70 further countries negotiated by the EU. In my role as a Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister, I meet many government officials from Latin America and South East Asia – key growth points in the world economy – and I always ask them how the discussions are going with the British government on new trade deals. Their response? “If things go well, we’ll keep the EU arrangements.”

For all these reasons I believe the customs union option – which incidentally is Labour Policy – must be on any indicative ballot of MPs.

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A charity whose booking for 28 homeless people was cancelled by a Hull hotel has said “who says miracles don’t happen” after another city hotel stepped in to help.

The Royal Hotel in Hull was widely criticised after the city’s Raise The Roof Homeless Project revealed how the establishment had cancelled its booking for 14 twin rooms for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, despite more than £1,000 being paid.

On Monday the project revealed the DoubleTree by Hilton stepped in to offer the rooms and a Christmas dinner free of charge.

Charity founder Carl Simpson said on Facebook: “We can confirm that the DoubleTree Hilton have offered to put up 28 people for two nights with breakfast and Xmas dinner provided and they are doing this complimentary.

“Thank you so much. We will be accepting this kind offer.”

Simpson said a number of other businesses had offered services and help, including another hotel offering a Christmas dinner.

He added: “Who says miracles don’t happen?”

Cafe owner Simpson also criticised the Royal Hotel’s owners, Britannia Hotels, after a spokesman explained that they cancelled the booking due to reports of bad behaviour at another hotel last Christmas.

He said these suggestions were completely untrue and described how guests sent by the project to the Ibis hotel left presents for staff and even asked for a vacuum cleaner to clean up.

Raise The Roof used the city’s Ibis hotel last year for its Christmas campaign but the venue did not have enough twin rooms available this year to repeat the booking, Simpson said.

This year, he paid the Royal £1,092 for 14 twin rooms on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

He said the charity was given no explanation for the decision to cancel until Monday afternoon, when Britannia Hotels explained that it changed its mind over the booking after receiving a report of poor behaviour at the Ibis last Christmas.

A Britannia Hotels spokeswoman said the hotel took the decision after it received a call from a woman claiming to be part of the charity.

The spokeswoman said: “She had rung to warn us that the group had caused serious problems at the Ibis and that she felt we should not take the booking.

“Among the issues last year were trashing of rooms, fires, theft of hotel goods and property and damage to property.

“The hotel has a number of families and tours staying at the hotel over the Christmas period which we feel would suffer if the booking was taken.

“We have, however contacted the charity to advise that we are willing to take the booking with conditions.”

Simpson said on Facebook: “This is all untrue. We do not have staff and this vindictive person was definitely not at the event last year.

“Ibis have confirmed that there was no problems last year.

“Having said this if the Royal Hotel had bothered to ask us or Ibis instead of just listening to hearsay this could have easily been resolved, instead they choose to refuse to give a reason until now.

“They have offered to reinstate our booking with conditions which we will be declining.”

Since news of the cancellation broke at the weekend, Raise The Roof’s online funding campaign has been boosted to more than £9,000.

On Monday morning, it was the most viewed page on the GoFundMe website.


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Theresa May has been accused of ‘running scared’ of Jeremy Corbyn after she refused to allow all MPs a vote of confidence in her premiership and her handling of Brexit.

The prime minister rejected the move despite claims that it could unite the Tory party and her DUP allies in the face of growing calls for a general election.

On yet another day of high drama at Westminster, government sources confirmed that parliamentary time would not be granted to allow the vote to take place on Tuesday.

The vote, which would have been non-binding, but is part of a wider effort by Labour to ramp up the pressure on May less than a week after 117 of her own MPs – a third of her party - declared she should be replaced as Tory leader.

Labour party chair Ian Lavery told HuffPost UK: “The Prime Minister has spent the last week running away from Parliament. She pulled the vote last week, promising to go back to Brussels to get a better deal. She failed.

“Today with nothing new to say, she underestimated the mood of Parliament. It is clear that members on all sides of the House want a meaningful vote straight away on her botched Brexit deal, yet she continues to show contempt for parliament.

“With even her Cabinet in open rebellion and collective responsibility all but abandoned, she is now running scared of Labour’s vote of no confidence.”

With just three days until the Commons rises for its Christmas break, the vote would have been a test of opinion of both pro and anti-Brexit critics of the PM, as well as the DUP.

Theresa May

But Downing Street sources made clear it felt the PM thought the move by Corbyn was a “stunt”.  “We are not playing silly games,” a No.10 spokesman said.

The Tories in turn tried to turn the tables on Labour, daring the opposition to escalate its campaign and call for a formal, binding motion of confidence in the government itself – a move that is aimed at triggering a general election.

Labour will have to decide on Tuesday whether to ramp up its Parliamentary tactics, but it is understood to be a matter of ‘when not if’ the party opts to table a formal confidence vote.

Party activists and MPs have been demanding that Corbyn exhausts all options to trigger a general election, before then calling for a second Brexit referendum in line with policy agreed at Labour conference this autumn

Shadow Chief Whip Nick Brown told a weekly meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) on Monday evening that the party would swiftly switch to a confidence vote in the government itself if ministers refused to grant Commons time for a personal vote on the PM.

“He said that if the Tories don’t agree to the confidence vote in May then we will table a no confidence motion in the government, which under the Fixed Term Parliament Act does have to be taken,” one MP told HuffPost.

Jeremy Corbyn

Asked if the escalation to a full confidence motion would be immediate, Brown told MPs it would.

But shadow cabinet minister Barry Gardiner told Channel 4 News Labour’s tactics were “about escalating pressure incrementally”.

The DUP signalled they would back May in the vote and Brexiteers’ European Research Group also put out a statement offering support.

“ERG members will of course be voting with the government on this meaningless Labour motion,” they said.

Earlier, the Labour leader announced his no confidence move after the prime minister told MPs the ‘meaningful vote’ on her Brexit deal would be delayed until the week beginning January 14. 

On yet another day of heated debate, MPs had erupted with anger at the PM pushing back debate on her faltering withdrawal plans until after Christmas.

Corbyn raised a point of order in the Commons after May had updated MPs on Brexit negotiations for more than two-and-a-half hours.

“I have listened very carefully to what members on all sides of the house have said and it is very clear that it is very bad, unacceptable, that we should be waiting almost a month before we have a meaningful vote on a crucial issue facing the future of this country,” he said.

“As the only way I can think of of ensuring a vote takes place this week I am about to table a motion which says the following:

“That this house has no confidence in the prime minister due to her failure to allow the House of Commons to have a meaningful vote straight away on the withdrawal agreement and framework for future relationships between the UK and the European Union and that will be table immediately.”

Without waiting for Speaker Bercow to respond to the point of order, the PM left the chamber quickly.

Other Opposition parties tabled amendments to Labour’s motion, to try to turn into a full-blown confidence motion that could trigger an election.


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Business Secretary Greg Clark launched a raft of new proposals to protect workers' rights on Monday. Staff in his department voted to strike just hours later.

Contract staff in the government’s business department have voted to strike over pay and conditions – on the same day ministers promoted a new drive to protect workers’ rights.

Cleaners, security guards and caterers in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) voted for action as part of a campaign for the London Living Wage, currently £10.55 an hour.

The ballot took place on Monday, hours after Business Secretary Greg Clark heralded a raft of new legislation designed to give workers more rights as the “biggest for a generation”.

Clark’s department has outsourced backroom functions to French giant Engie and US firm Aramark through a series of multi-million pound contracts.

The Public and Commercial Services Union, which organised the ballot, said 27 staff approved strike action in Monday’s vote.

The union described the vote as an “overwhelming endorsement for strike action”.

General secretary Mark Serwotka said: “The contractors at BEIS have treated them disgracefully and all our members ask is to be on the same terms and conditions as their BEIS colleagues.

“Ministers at the department need to step in and bring these services back in house as a matter of urgency.”

BEIS, Engie and Aramark have been approached for comment.

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It’s been a turbulent day (okay, month) in the House of Commons.

In her long-running battle to get her draft Brexit agreement through parliament, Theresa May has faced many an uphill struggle – including a delayed vote and a leadership challenge.

The latest hurdle she must overcome comes from the opposition benches, after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a motion of no confidence in her premiership following a somewhat confusing day in Westminster.

So, what does it all mean, and what is likely to happen next? 

Here’s everything you need to know...

What Exactly Has Jeremy Corbyn Done?

The Labour leader has tabled a no confidence motion in Prime Minister Theresa May because of her decision to delay the ‘meaningful’ vote on Brexit, which was meant to be held last week, until the week beginning January 14.

If It Passes, Will We Have A General Election?

No. It is a motion of no confidence in the prime minister rather than her administration as a whole.

The only way to trigger a general election is set out in the Fixed Term Parliaments Act and involves tabling a motion of no confidence in the government.

However, the Commons constitutional watchdog last week said the act “in no way affects the fundamental principle that the government’s authority to govern rests on the confidence of the House, however it chooses to express it”.

So What Happens If It Does Pass?

Despite being non-binding, the motion would carry huge weight if it passes, as it would almost certainly mean either some Tories or the DUP, which props up May’s minority government, had backed it.

The PM’s authority would be left in tatters and she would come under immense and almost insurmountable pressure to resign.

But Has Corbyn Blown It, Or Played A Blinder?

He looks to have blown it, as the Tory European Research Group of at least 40 MPs have said they will back the PM against the “meaningless Labour motion”.

May has also made clear to the DUP that she will seek to satisfy them in her attempts to win fresh reassurances from Brussels on her Brexit deal, meaning they may be less willing to pull the trigger just yet.

This comes despite 117 Tory MPs voting to oust her in the party’s own confidence vote last week.

However, that was crucially a secret ballot rather than a very public vote in the House of Commons, in which Conservatives would be far less likely to put their heads above the parapet.

It the motion fails, Corbyn will come under even more intense pressure to back a second referendum, as it would appear clear that Labour could not force a general election.

When Will The Vote On It Happen?

The government has to make time for a debate and vote on the motion.

Under established convention, the government always agrees to do this for motions which have the effect of testing the confidence of the Commons.

However, parliamentary officials said it would be up to the government to determine whether a confidence motion in the PM of this type is covered by this convention.

A Number 10 source said the government will respond once they have considered the motion.

But Labour insisted the government must find time to debate this on Tuesday and that if they refuse “it is clear that [May] does not believe she retains the confidence of the House”.


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Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no-confidence in Theresa May's leadership

Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no confidence in Theresa May in a dramatic bid to force a Parliamentary countdown to a general election.

The Labour leader made the shock move after the Prime Minister told MPs the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal would be delayed until the week beginning January 14. 

At the end of May’s Commons statement, Corbyn got up to reveal he would deploy a little-used technique of calling for a confidence vote in the PM on Tuesday. May swiftly left the chamber soon afterwards.

Within minutes, Labour MPs were then privately told that if ministers refused Parliamentary time for the vote, the party would swiftly table a formal vote of confidence in the Government that could spark a general election.

Under the Fixed Term Parliament Act, an election can only take place against the will of a sitting PM if a majority of MPs vote for one.

On yet another day of heated debate, MPs had erupted with anger at the PM pushing back debate on her faltering withdrawal plans until after Christmas.

Corbyn surprised May by demanding a personal confidence vote in her premiership, a move aimed at pinning down the 117 Tory MPs who demanded her removal last week.

The motion would be non-binding, and largely a symbolic bid to exploit Conservative splits over Brexit and her leadership.

But HuffPost UK has also been told that Chief Whip Nick Brown told a weekly meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) that the party would immediately switch to a binding confidence vote in the Government itself if ministers refused to grant Commons time on Tuesday.

“He said that if the Tories don’t agree to the confidence vote in May then we will table a no confidence motion in the Government, which under the Fixed Term Parliament Act does have to be taken.

Asked if the escalation to a full confidence motion would be immediate, Brown told MPs it would.

Shadow Cabinet minister Barry Gardiner told Channel 4 News Labour’s tactic were “about escalating pressure incrementally”. 

Labour surprised the Tories when Corbyn failed to push the confidence issue at the start of his first response to May’s statement.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell went on TV to say that Labour had won a victory in forcing May into announcing a specific date for her Brexit vote.

But a senior No.10 source said that the party had been caught out by the PM’s announcement. 

“For a party that’s trying to present itself as a government in waiting, it’s been utterly shambolic.”

Earlier, Corbyn raised a point of order in the Commons after May had been updating MPs on Brexit negotiations for one hour and 30 minutes.

“I have listened very carefully to all of the answers the prime minister gave during this lengthy exchange today,” he said.

“I have listened very carefully to what members on all sides of the house have said and it is very clear that it is very bad, unacceptable, that we should be waiting almost a month before we have a meaningful vote on a crucial issue facing the future of this country.

“The prime minister has obdurately refused that to ensure that a vote took place on the day she agreed, she has refused to allow a vote to take place this week and is now I assume thinking the vote will be on January 14, almost a month away.”

Corbyn said the PM’s offer was “unacceptable”.

He added: “As the only way I can think of of ensuring a vote takes place this week I am about to table a motion which says the following:

“That this house has no confidence in the prime minister due to her failure to allow the House of Commons to have a meaningful vote straight away on the withdrawal agreement and framework for future relationships between the UK and the European Union and that will be table immediately.”

Speaker John Bercow offered the PM a chance to respond, but she declined.

A Labour source told HuffPost: “It’s clearly a confidence motion. The government must find time to debate this tomorrow.

“If they refuse to do so it is because she does not retain the confidence of the House of Commons and they know she would lose.” 

Labour would need the support of some DUP MPs and Tory Brexiteers for Corbyn’s motion to succeed. 

HuffPost UK learnt last week that talks between Labour and DUP were held, a senior Corbyn ally said it was “unlikely” Arlene Foster’s party would back them. 

An unholy alliance with Conservative backbenchers also seemed unlikely.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the influential chair of the Tory faction of eurosceptic MPs, the European Research Group (ERG), meanwhile, told May he would support her. 

He congratulated her “on winning the confidence of the Conservatives in this House last week”, adding that he wanted to “assure her that she therefore commands my confidence too”.

A statement released by the ERG in the minutes after the motion being tabled, added: “ERG members will of course be voting with the Government on this meaningless Labour motion.” 


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