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What happens if Jeremy Corbyn calls a vote of no confidence in the government?



Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been defeated by 230 votes – the biggest government defeat in history.

Now, Jeremy Corbyn is expected to table a motion of no confidence in the government.

There is speculation in Westminster that this could come immediately after the result is announced this evening, with a point of order being raised in the Commons.

If that happens, the vote itself could follow as soon as Wednesday. It is thought Labour would aim for it to be held after PMQs in the afternoon.

MPs would be asked to vote on a motion: “That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government.”

This would give Mrs May less than 24 hours to fight for her job.

Theresa May is hoping to win over the DUP with a series of pledges
Theresa May is hoping to avoid a no-confidence motion

There is no limit to the number of times Mr Corbyn can call a no confidence vote, but it would be unlikely that the leader of the opposition would start a fight he did not think he could win.

And with the DUP saying they will stand by their agreement with the Tories, a defeat for Mrs May is not a surefire outcome.

If Mr Corbyn calls the vote and the government wins, the consequence is simple: Mrs May continues in office.

But, if she loses, all bets are off.

The government would fall and there would be a period of 14 days in which a new government can be formed. There are no rigid rules of what must happen during this fortnight period.

Mrs May, who has previously said she would not fight the 2022 election, could attempt to cling on and form a new administration.

She is safe from a vote of no confidence from her own party for another 12 months, after the ballot against her failed late last year.

Polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm
There is a chance the country could face another early general election

However, she may decide it is time to go and hand the reins over to someone else.

A new Conservative leader would then have the chance to form a government – as would opposition parties.

The current make-up of parliament means the Conservatives remain the only party with enough numbers to have a likely chance of controlling the Commons.

The new government is confirmed in office through passing a resolution in the Commons “That this House has confidence in Her Majesty’s Government.”

However, if no government is presented after 14 days, there would be another general election.

:: Follow and watch the Brexit vote live with a special programme on Sky News from 6-10pm on Tuesday evening

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