Nigel Farage’s scathing attack on May ahead of no-confidence vote
Key Brexiteer Nigel Farage has hit out at Theresa May’s leadership, following her historic defeat which saw her Brexit deal voted down 432-202 in the Commons last night.
Mr Farage told Good Morning Britain: “Brexit is not the problem, this Prime Minister is, she needs to go.”
“If the Prime Minister had any sense of honour she would resign this morning having led us to this debacle but of course she won’t.”
Mr Farage said a new leader would be able to go back to the European Union and apply much-needed pressure on them to negotiate better terms.
Watch the full interview:
This debate comes after Jeremy Corbyn tabled a motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister following her Brexit deal defeat - the worst defeat a government has had in Parliament in nearly a century.
Last night, Corbyn slammed the Prime Minister and the Tory government: “This government has lost the confidence of this house and this country.”
“She is only attempting to reach out now to keep her failed process and deal alive, after it’s been so roundly rejected by Parliament," he said in a fiery speech to the Commons.
Despite her unpopular Brexit deal, May still has strong supporters from within her party.
In defence of the PM, Tory MP James Cleverly told Good Morning Britain: “It is her job to come up with a deal, she came up with a deal that I felt delivered on the promises that I made as a Brexit campaigner.”
“She is a person who is absolutely driven by a sense of duty. She has totally embraced the mandate delivered by the British people to get us out of the European Union.”
The DUP has also come out to say they will vote in favour of the Prime Minister.
DUP MP Sammy Wilson said the party "never wanted a change of government, we wanted a change of policy.”
So where do we go from here?
No confidence vote
Corbyn’s motion of no-confidence will be debated in parliament today at 7pm. Some believe he is unlikely to win the vote, but if he does, according to the Labour party’s manifesto, they will have to push for a second referendum.
If May wins...
The government and country will carry on as usual. May will most likely head back to Brussels to continue Brexit negotiations.
If May loses…
The government will have 14 days to win another confidence vote. In this time, the Tories will need to win back the confidence of the House. There isn’t a limit to the number of no-confidence votes Parliament can hold in this time, and there isn't a set of procedures the government has to follow in order to win back the confidence of the House.
If they do not pass a motion of confidence which reads verbatim: 'that this House has confidence in Her Majesty's Government', a General Election will be triggered.
Whilst she won last year’s no-confidence motion from her own party, May is able to step down and hand the reins over to a successor.
Article 50 Extension
We're due to leave the EU on 29 March, but some MPs believe this date is not realistic.
Nigel Farage has predicted it will be extended and told Good Morning Britain: “Under the legislation, 500 MPs voted for Article 50 it said explicitly, if we don’t get a withdrawal agreement, we just leave on March 29th. That was backed up by the Referendum Act that just said we leave on March 29th."
“However, let me be honest with you, I do not believe that Mr Bercow as speaker and our Parliament will allow it to happen."
Extending Article 50 to 18th April 2019 - the last voting session of European Parliament - is possible if the EU and UK simply need to make the withdrawal agreement official.
If Article 50 needs to be extended to 19th April 2019 - July 2019, it's entirely dependent on two scenarios:
- If the UK and EU already have an agreement and the UK needs extra time to pass domestic legislation, they can get an extension until the European Parliament elections on 23–26 May 2019.
- If the UK and EU still need to negotiate the Brexit deal itself, they can negotiate to extend the deadline to July 2019.
However, extending Article 50 beyond July 2019 will be difficult, the EU may give leeway if there is a General Election or second referendum held.