Signs were deepening on Tuesday, August 13th, that the UK’s opposition Labour party is planning to table a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Boris Johnson as soon as parliament returns from summer break in September.
British newspaper the Guardian reported that Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, has indicated that her party was planning the move, saying the party was in talks with other opposition groups on how best to proceed.
The paper quoted her as saying, it was “above my pay grade” to confirm any plans, but that she agreed Labour, together with other parties, would need to act swiftly if they wanted to interfere with Johnson’s approach to a no-deal Brexit by October 31st.
Labour does have the option to table a motion of no-confidence, which, if passed, would trigger a 14-day period during which MPs could seek to form another, viable government, or else face a general election.
The tight timing has recently raised fears that Johnson’s team was speculating to have a no-deal Brexit take place during the campaigning stages and before a new parliament could be assembled, should a no-confidence vote take place successfully.