News ID: 235136
Published: 0229 GMT December 02, 2018

UK’s Labour will try to topple May if Brexit deal rejected

UK’s Labour will try to topple May if Brexit deal rejected

Britain’s opposition Labour Party is ramping up the pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May, saying it will call a no-confidence vote in the Conservative leader if Parliament rejects her Brexit deal on Dec. 11.

May is battling to persuade skeptical British lawmakers to back the deal agreed between her government and the European Union last month. Rejecting it would leave the UK facing a messy, economically damaging “no-deal” Brexit on March 29, AP reported.

Labour Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said Sunday it’s “inevitable” that Labour will bring a no-confidence motion in the government if Parliament rejects the Brexit agreement. The left-of-center party said it will vote against the deal.

If May’s Conservative government lost a no-confidence vote it would have two weeks to overturn the result. If that failed, Britain would hold a new national election.

But, British Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove said on Sunday he believed the government could win the vote in Parliament on its Brexit deal, again arguing that the alternatives to the agreement were much worse, Reuters reported.

“I believe that we can win the argument and win the vote. I know it’s challenging but my view is ... that we’ve got to make those arguments and we’ve got to look properly at what those alternatives are,” he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.



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