Jeremy Corbyn has accused Prime Minister Theresa May of demeaning her office by delaying the key vote on her Brexit deal, saying the paralysis of government means other pressing problems are being ignored.
Opening an emergency Commons debate, Corbyn told MPs that May should immediately put the plan before parliament.
“Yesterday the prime minister demeaned her office by unilaterally taking her discredited deal off the table and running away rather than face the verdict of this house,” the Labour leader said.
“This is no longer a functioning government and the prime minister must admit her deal is dead. Her shambolic negotiations have ended in failure and she no longer has the authority to negotiate for Britain when she doesn’t even have the authority of her own party.”
Meanwhile, SNP’s Westminster Leader Ian Blackford has urged Corbyn to call no-confidence vote.
Blackford said “our rights to vote down her plans have been removed at [the]whim” and questions “where is the parliamentary democracy she talks about?”
“…This is not a time for floundering, this is a time for leadership,” he says, “it is time for the prime minister to move aside and let Parliament lead while the people decide,” he said.
Theresa May has hit out at Tony Blair, accusing him of “insulting” the British people and the office of prime minister by “undermining” Brexit talks with calls in Brussels for a second referendum.
In a pointed swipe at the Labour heavyweight, the Prime Minister said a second referendum would amount to Parliament abdicating responsibility.
Mrs May said: “For Tony Blair to go to Brussels and seek to undermine our negotiations by advocating for a second referendum is an insult to the office he once held and the people he once served.
“We cannot, as he would, abdicate responsibility for this decision.
“Parliament has a democratic duty to deliver what the British people voted for.
“I remain determined to see that happen. I will not let the British people down.”
In a series of high profile interventions into the Brexit debate Mr Blair has insisted that a majority of MPs may decide a second referendum is the only way out of parliamentary gridlock on EU withdrawal.
The Prime Minister said some critics were trying to take advantage of the situation for their own ends.
She said: “I am fighting for a good deal for Britain. I will continue to fight for a good deal for Britain.
“I have never lost sight of my duty and that is to deliver on the referendum result and to do so in a way that protects British jobs, keeps us safe and protects our precious Union.
“However there are too many people who want to subvert the process for their own political interests – rather than acting in the national interest.”