UK government calls for changes to opposition trust vote scheme

Last Update: 12 July 2022, 10:44 PM IST

Prime Minister Boris Johnson reads a statement outside 10 Downing Street, London, formally resigning as leader of the Conservative Party in London, Thursday, July 7, 2022.  (AP)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson reads a statement outside 10 Downing Street, London, formally resigning as leader of the Conservative Party in London, Thursday, July 7, 2022. (AP)

Labor had previously said the government had halted its plans to seek a trust vote, calling it an “abuse of power”. Labor wants to prevent Johnson from remaining in power until his successor is elected – a process expected to last until September 5.

A government spokesman said on Tuesday that the British government would only allow the opposition Labor Party to bring a confidence vote if they removed the reference to outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson from the motion to vote.

Labor had previously said the government had blocked its plan to win a trust vote, calling it an “abuse of power”. Labor wants to prevent Johnson from remaining in power until his successor is elected – a process that is expected to last until September 5.

Some of Johnson’s own Conservative lawmakers have previously cast doubt on his continuation in power, saying they had lost faith in his integrity and integrity after a series of scandals.

But, a government spokesman said Labor had been given the opportunity to propose a “direct” trust vote in the government.

“He has chosen to do politics by bringing a no-confidence motion between the government and the prime minister,” the spokesperson said. “Since the prime minister has already resigned and a leadership process is underway, we do not think this is a valuable use of parliamentary time.”

The spokesman said Labor could get a vote if they amend their proposal.

Labor said the denial was without precedent.

“This clapping government is terrified and is refusing time to debate Labor’s no-confidence motion,” a Labor spokesman said.

The final version of Wednesday’s parliamentary business was yet to be published.

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