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Some Conservative backbenchers are publicly saying they would vote against May's government on a confidence vote, if Corbyn proposed one. This would be an extraordinary development in British political history.

The last time a significant number of MPs voted against their party's government, to bring it down on a confidence vote, was when the Liberal Party split on Irish Home Rule in 1886.

I do not see Corbyn backing a compromise with May, when a bit of opportunism might make him the next Prime Minister.

by Gary J on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 09:29:07 PM EST
Yep, but he has to go through the motions of appearing to engage and be reasonable during which time he couldn't propose a motion of no confidence.  If the talks break down, he can always blame May's inflexibility and intransigence. Mind you, Labour would be in a right pickle if a motion of no confidence were proposed by another party while the talks were ongoing... they might have to manufacture a talks breakdown sharpish in order not to be seen to be collaborating with a Tory Brexiteer government.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 09:35:10 PM EST
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Labour MPs might vote against a deal that the Conservatives agree to, simply because the Conservatives agreed to it. That seems to be politics these days.

Furthermore, what is the magic wand that Labour is supposed to bring to the table that was not available to the Conservative Party in the first place?

If anything, I would expect the votes on a joint Conservative + Labour proposal to be defeated even more clearly than May's proposal.

by asdf on Tue Apr 2nd, 2019 at 11:30:56 PM EST
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If anything, it is Tory MPs which have been acting in the more partisan fashion. Just 37 Tory MPs supported the Customs Union plan in the indicative votes. 33 backed the Single Market, and just 15 backed a second referendum. So how many do you expect to support a plan containing Corbyn's red lines...?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 09:38:57 AM EST
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The last time a significant number of MPs voted against their party's government, to bring it down on a confidence vote, was when the Liberal Party split on Irish Home Rule in 1886.
How interesting that this time it's also about Ireland.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 02:24:58 PM EST
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Corbyn needs to do a fine balancing act to ensure his rejection of May's opening leads to a no-confidence vote and a general election in the context of a Brexit extension and not a no-deal Brexit.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 3rd, 2019 at 02:27:38 PM EST
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