According to sources, Labour was preparing to table a motion of no confidence in the prime minister if Theresa May did not announce a date for the vote on her Brexit deal today. However, May has now announced that the debate would return to parliament after Christmas, with a vote held in the week of January 14.

A Labour source told media that the motion, if it would have taken place, would be targeted at May personally, rather than the Government. This is not the same as a motion of no confidence in the government, which is the vote that would trigger a general election if the government were to lose and no alternative government were to win a confidence vote in 14 days.

According to reports, Corbyn was to propose: “That this House has no confidence in the Prime Minister due to her failure to allow the House of Commons to have a meaningful vote straight away on the withdrawal agreement and framework for the future relationship between the UK and the EU.”

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