What is happening with Labour's no-confidence motion in Theresa May?

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Mr Corbyn said he would go ahead with his limited plan to censure the prime minister personally, if she failed to announce a date on which Parliament would vote on her deal, which she promptly did - January 14.

May told MPs today that debate on the deal would resume the week of January 7, when Parliament comes back after its Christmas break.

The Financial Times reported that Margaret Beckett, the former Labour foreign secretary and a leading campaigner for a second referendum, said the fact May felt the need to release part of her statement in advance reflected the growing pressure for another vote.

If there had been any glimmer of hope that hardline Brexiteers in the Conservative Party - who had tried to topple Mrs May themselves last week - would vote against the prime minister without the threat of an election hanging over them, it was quickly extinguished.

However, it is not clear that Parliament has a binding power to dismiss individual Government ministers - up to and including the Prime Minister - but only the Government as a whole.

May will use a statement in parliament on Monday to reject the idea of a second referendum and to again set out that her agreement to keep close economic ties with the European Union after Brexit is the only one on offer.

A House of Commons spokesman said: "By established convention the Government always accedes to the demand from the Leader of the Opposition to allot a day for the discussion of a motion tabled by the official Opposition which, in the Government's view, would have the effect of testing the confidence of the House".

Labour's motion was not put forward under legislation that determines when the United Kingdom holds general elections, and would not have collapsed the government.

It will be at least four weeks until the House of Commons votes on Theresa May's Brexit deal.

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But Labour said it was clearly a confidence motion and should be allocated time for debate by the Government.

"The deal is unchanged and is not going to change", he said.

"Another vote which would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics, because it would say to millions who trusted in democracy, that our democracy does not deliver".

"Jeremy Corbyn, following two and a half hours of fudging and obfuscation from the Prime Minister, has announced at the despatch box that it is his intention to immediately table a vote of no confidence in Mrs May", Labour MP for Heywood & Middleton Liz McInnes tweeted.

"We have been taking no deal seriously for some considerable period", he said.

However, losing such a vote would destabilise the prime minister and her government.

Earlier, she had accused Labour of "acceding" to the government's timetable and "allowing them to waste another month".

Another proposal being put forward if May's deal does not pass parliament is for MPs to be asked to vote on different options to try and work out what steps to take next.

Although May survived as leader last week, opposition parties are calling for Labour to propose a parliamentary motion of no confidence against the government this week.