Jeremy Corbyn tables motion of no confidence in government following historic defeat
Thank you Mr Speaker. The result of tonight’s vote is the greatest defeat for a government since the 1920s in this House. This is a catastrophic defeat for this government.
After two years of failed negotiations, the House of Commons has delivered its verdict on her Brexit deal and that verdict is absolutely decisive.
I hear the words of the Prime Minister but the actions of her government in these past two years speak equally clearly.
She is only attempting to reach out now, to try to keep her failed deal alive after it has been so roundly rejected by parliament on behalf of the people of this country.
Labour had laid out our priorities consistently: no deal must be taken off the table, a permanent customs union must be secured and people’s rights and protections must be guaranteed so they don’t fall behind.
At every turn the Prime Minister has closed the door on dialogue.
Businesses begged her to negotiate a comprehensive customs union, trade union leaders pressed her for the same thing. They were ignored.
In the last two years, she has only had one priority: the Conservative Party.
Her governing principle of delay and denial has reached the end of the line.
She cannot seriously believe that after two years of failure, she is capable of negotiating a good deal for the people of this country.
On the most important issue facing us, this government has lost the confidence of this House and this country.