1 April 2019 – the overnight press releases…

Lib Dems introduce no confidence legislation to solve Brexit impasse

Today Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson, Tom Brake MP, will present a bill which would require the Prime Minister to resign should the House of Commons pass a motion of no confidence in her.

Speaking ahead of the Bill’s presentation, Tom Brake said:

As the Prime Minister continues to ignore Parliament’s rejection of her deal, it becomes increasingly clear how blinkered she has become.

With rumours of a fourth vote on the Prime Minister’s deal and no commitment from May that she will respect the indicative votes this week, it becomes clear that the House of Commons need increased powers to get us out of the Brexit impasse.

If the Prime Minister won’t listen to MPs, then MPs will need the power to ensure we have a leader in our country who does. The only credible way out of this mess is a People’s Vote, and I am introducing this Bill to try and ensure this becomes a reality.

Lib Dems: Tories failing to enforce national living wage

Responding to the research from the Living Wage Foundation showing that a worker on the Government’s new ‘national living wage’ would earn an annual salary worth £1,540.50 a year less than the real living wage, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said:

If you are in work, you should be earning enough to live on.

It is unacceptable that more and more workers are struggling to make ends meet as the ‘national living wage’ set by this Conservative Government falls even further behind the real living wage.

The Government is also failing to properly enforce the minimum wage. It is so consumed by Brexit that since last July there has been no naming and shaming of employers that haven’t paid the minimum wage.

We haven’t even left the European Union and the Tory Government are already failing workers. Any suggestion that our hard-won employment rights will be safe if we leave the EU is clearly nonsense.

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6 Comments

  • Bill le Breton 1st Apr '19 - 9:36am

    If this is a stunt, then, fair enough. But we could be playing with fire. What goes round, comes round.

    Especially with the standing of the SNP in the Commons, which may be a continuing situation, Balanced Parliaments are likely to become the norm rather than the exception and therefore it is vital that the power of a PM to dissolve Parliament must continue to be to be set aside as it is by the Fixed Term Parliament Act.

    So … any tinkering with that legislation needs to be carefully considered not least by our Party, itself.

    I hope therefore that David Howarth has been consulted on this ‘Bill’ – here are some of his thoughts on the issue : https://ukconstitutionallaw.org/2018/11/26/david-howarth-how-to-change-the-government-without-causing-a-general-election/

  • Bill le Breton 1st Apr '19 - 9:39am

    More importantly, how are we voting today?

  • Richard Underhill 1st Apr '19 - 10:18am

    Bill le Breton 1st Apr ’19 – 9:39am.
    Using the Alternative Vote, which works for two options.

  • ……………………Tom Brake MP, will present a bill which would require the Prime Minister to resign should the House of Commons pass a motion of no confidence in her…………..

    I thought it was LibDem policy NOT to support a vote of no confidence unless Jeremy Corbyn ran naked down Whitehall.
    Or am I getting mixed up?

  • After lady night’s fiasco how about. Vote of no confidence in the leaderless Lib Dem mp’s ?

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