by: Scott S Bevan
Jeremy Corbyn stands on the brink of becoming PM, if he can win a second snap General Election, as Labour gets set to introduce a no-confidence vote in the government “at the earliest opportunity”.
Mr Corbyn appealed for cross-party support as he admitted that now is the time for a parliamentary vote against the government.
Theresa May’s Brexit deal vote was put on hold for a second time yesterday as Brexit stockpiling begins to take place amid fears of a No Deal Brexit. The vote is now due to take place next Tuesday. It was also revealed yesterday that a Conservative bill to exempt the armed forces from human rights charges in the event of a No Deal Brexit is to be introduced to parliament. Such measures have infuriated Labour M.Ps and the Labour leader has now told Theresa May’s government to “move over for the professionals” saying that a General Election at this stage would be the most “practical and democratic option”.
Labour would have to rely on the support of Conservative rebels to force through another snap General Election but with Theresa May’s party in increasing disarray over the Brexit deal, and the DUP even coming out in support of a no-confidence vote, odds on a revolt are getting shorter by the day.
Labour’s leadership team have given mixed signals in recent months as to whether or not they would support a second EU referendum but Jeremy Corbyn has committed his party to delivering Brexit in the event of a snap General Election victory in spite of increasing pressures on the left and within his party to back a ‘people’s vote’ on the final Brexit deal.
Nicola Sturgeon has also committed her party to supporting a no-confidence vote in the government. Sturgeon’s move followed appeals from the opposition leader for other parties to help him “break the deadlock” over Brexit, though the SNP are still continuing to call for a second vote on Scottish independence.
Mr Corbyn also dismissed claims that the divisions over Brexit could cost him at a General Election, claiming that the “real divide” is between the super-rich and corporate owners whom he claims “so often dodge taxes” and the working people of the country at large.
He said: “The real solution is to transform Britain to work in the interests of the vast majority, by challenging the entrenched power of a privileged elite.
“That is how we can help to heal the referendum’s deep divisions.”
However a recent Yougov poll suggested that Labour would suffer one of its most crushing ever defeats should they support the Brexit deal currently on offer, with support falling to potentially as low as 26%. The labour leader refused to be drawn on whether or not the party would back a second E.U referendum as the party of governance.
Westminster has erupted in a spate of protests since the New year in both support of and opposition to Brexit as the leave date marches closer.
Former Health Secretary and current Foreign Affairs Minister, Jeremy Hunt, claimed that parliament voting down Theresa May’s deal could prevent Brexit from happening altogether, which he claimed would be “a fundamental breach of trust between the people and politicians” that would be regretted for generations.
He said: “If this deal is rejected, ultimately what we may end up with is not a different type of Brexit, but Brexit paralysis. And Brexit paralysis ultimately could lead to no Brexit.
“I’m saying this would be (an) incredibly damaging breach of trust and it would also be very bad for Britain’s reputation abroad, having decided to leave the eu, if we, in the end, for whatever reasons, found we weren’t able to do.”
With just over two months to go until the U.K is due to leave the E.U on March 29th, time is running out for Mrs May to secure a deal which can command the support of a majority in the House of Commons.