Corbyn calls vote to remove May - as no deal Brexit advances

Jeremy Corbyn speaks during the Party of European Socialists annual meeting in Lisbon

Jeremy Corbyn speaks during the Party of European Socialists annual meeting in Lisbon

Mrs May is about to address MPs in the House of Commons and the opposition leader is ready to launch the motion if she doesn't bring forward a date for the meaningful vote.

May said she's already been having meetings every two weeks of the government's emergency committee - dubbed Cobra - to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, and that she'll step up the pace next month.

She added: 'I can confirm today that we intend to return to the meaningful vote debate in the week commencing January 7 and hold the vote the following week'.

The UK ruling Conservative Party will block a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May, which was earlier tabled by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, denying it parliamentary time, local media reported on Tuesday, citing government sources.

She said: "This is a constitutional crisis because this House is not being allowed to express its will on behalf of our communities, who are telling us they reject this deal".

Pointing to reports that cabinet ministers had suggested pursuing alternatives, Mr Corbyn added: "We are left edging closer to the 29 March deadline without a deal and without even an agreed plan in cabinet to get a deal".

She said she had won fresh guarantees at last week's European Union summit over measures to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and she hoped to secure additional "political and legal assurances" in the coming weeks.

A "managed" no-deal Brexit is said to be favoured by Jeremy Hunt, Gavin Williamson, Sajid Javid, Andrea Leadsom, Liam Fox and Penny Mordaunt, according to the Telegraph.

If it was adopted and then the motion passed, it would mean a general election could be triggered in 14 days - providing a subsequent motion of confidence in the government could not be passed in that time frame.

The Labour leader will spell out his plans in response to a House of Commons statement on Brexit by the Prime Minister on Monday afternoon.

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"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, nearly a month away".

Pressure is mounting on May for dramatic action, a new referendum or a vote among lawmakers, to find a way out of Britain's Brexit impasse and prevent the economic damage.

She said the vote would be held the following week.

She has previously suggested that a Norway-plus deal, with the United Kingdom in both a customs union and the single market, could be a "plausible" alternative.

After the motion was lodged, Ms Sturgeon tweeted: "Labour tabling a motion just in the PM rather than in the entire government begs the question, which Tory do they want to see as PM?"

To the huge irritation of both their supporters and their rivals, even though the Brexit clock is running down, neither of the main party leaders are willing to take the kind of radical move that might unblock the gridlock.

There was confusion over efforts to secure further guarantees over the controversial Northern Irish backstop measure created to prevent a hard border with Ireland.

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner, also said that anyone considering a second referendum was "out of their minds".

Opposition legislators - and many from Mrs May's Conservative Party - remain opposed to the deal and to the Prime Minister's handling of the Brexit negotiations.

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