Brexit and no-confidence vote: Corbyn targets ‘zombie government’

Labour’s leader attempts to oust the government and force a general election, after Theresa May’s Brexit deal defeat…

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called Theresa May’s administration a “zombie government” that “cannot govern” as he called for a general election.

Opening a debate on a no-confidence motion, Mr Corbyn said the government “should do the right thing and resign” after Tuesday night’s record-breaking defeat on its Brexit legislation.

The prime minister said an election was “simply not in the national interest”.

The no-confidence vote is expected to be held at about 19:00 GMT.

Closing the debate, Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson said: “She is a prime minister without a majority for her flagship policy, with no authority and no plan B.”

But Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said Mrs May had provided “inspirational leadership”.

Mr Corbyn’s motion is backed by MPs from the SNP, Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and Green Party.

But senior Labour figures accept it is not likely to succeed, as she has the backing of Tory rebels and the DUP’s 10 MPs, who less than 24 hours ago helped inflict a humiliating defeat on her.

Labour says further no-confidence votes could follow if this one fails…

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