Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, SNP leader in Westminster Ian Blackford and Plaid Cymru Westminster Group Leader Liz Saville Roberts have written to Jeremy Corbyn ahead of today’s Shadow Cabinet meeting asking that the Labour Party joins them in moving a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
The four leaders, representing four political parties in the House of Commons, will participate in a press conference today urging the Labour Party to take the initiative as the main party of Opposition and to call a vote of no confidence as soon as possible.
At a time when this Government does not have a majority in the House and has lost control of the single most important issue to face the Commons for a generation, there is an overwhelming case to test to the confidence of MPs and to do so now, before more valuable time is wasted.
Recognising Labour’s policy is to seek a General Election as early as possible, the letter calls on the party to move a vote of no confidence. If it cannot succeed in that objective, it urges Mr Corbyn to work with other parties in Westminster to fulfil the demands – shared by the overwhelming majority of Labour voters and members - for a People’s Vote which is now clearly the only way forward for the United Kingdom in this current crisis.
The full text of the letter is below:
Today, the Shadow Cabinet is meeting at a time of constitutional and national crisis.
The Government’s inability to pass its Brexit deal through Parliament, as witnessed by Theresa May’s withdrawal of her own motion in Parliament yesterday, leaves no option for us as leaders of opposition parties but to call for a motion of no confidence to be put on the floor of the House of Commons.
Labour’s annual conference in September voted for a policy that commits your party to oppose a bad Brexit deal, seek a General Election and, if that does not succeed, campaign for a People’s Vote. Today is your opportunity to begin fulfilling that policy by joining the Westminster Parliamentary leaders of the Scottish National Party, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru (The Party of Wales) and the Green Party in supporting a motion of no confidence in the Government.
We believe a motion of no confidence must be brought forward at the earliest possible opportunity, to ensure there is enough time to pursue another course. Therefore we want to emphasise again that you will have our full support if you put down a motion of no confidence.
Today, we ask that you, together with your Shadow Cabinet, agree as Her Majesty’s Leader of the Opposition to bring forward a motion with us to enable confidence in this government to be tested before it is too late and to put parliament back in charge of this process.
We intend to hold a joint press conference today at the IET in Central London where we will discuss this further.
Ian Blackford MP – Leader of the Scottish National Party (Westminster)
Liz Saville Roberts MP – Westminster Group Leader, Plaid Cymru (The Party of Wales)
Caroline Lucas MP – Green Party
Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP – Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party.