The SNP, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Greens have this evening tabled an amendment to Labour’s No Confidence Motion in the Prime Minister, to instead bring a Vote of No Confidence in the UK Government.
Ian Blackford MP described Jeremy Corbyn’s motion today as a ‘gimmick’ and said it was left to the SNP and other opposition parties to act as the real opposition to the Prime Minister’s failures over Brexit.
The SNP has been calling on Labour to table a Vote of No Confidence in the UK government under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, which as of yet Jeremy Corbyn has failed to do.
The SNP Westminster Leader has also secured an emergency debate in Parliament tomorrow calling for the House to debate the Prime Minsiter’s Brexit proposals following her failure to bring forward her meaningful vote before the Christmas recess.
Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said: “Labour’s motion was a gimmick – it has been left to the real opposition to step in and strengthen it to hold the whole UK government to account.
“It is the SNP along with the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and Greens who have had to step in and amend Labour’s motion and strengthen it under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act – now Labour must accept our amendment.
“It is clear the Prime Minister’s tactic has been to run down the clock and deprive parliament of any alternative to her deal. Jeremy Corbyn seems happy to let her – presumably to avoid having to make a decision on a second EU referendum. This is not acceptable – people deserve better.
“If Labour are serious about wanting a General Election, they must accept our amendment.
“If the official opposition won’t do its job, the real opposition will. Labour now must accept our amendment.”