Chuka Umunna: Corbyn 'flunked' opportunity to trigger election

Monday, August 5, 2019

Chuka Umunna has slammed Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to table a motion of no-confidence in Boris Johnson.

The Liberal Democrat MP said the opposition leader had "flunked" the opportunity to trigger a general election, despite a plea for him to do so from newly-election Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson.

"You had the absurd situation of Jeremy Corbyn saying there should be a general election and one should be called, but not tabling a proper full confidence motion which is required to trigger a general election which only the leader of the opposition can do, and he flunked it," Mr Umunna told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer.

"He refused to table that motion of no-confidence, which illustrates how appallingly bad the official opposition have been at holding the government to account on all of this."

In a letter to Mr Corbyn, Ms Swinson said the Labour leader "must not sit back and allow this government to crash our country out of the EU".

She tabled a symbolic motion expressing no-confidence in Mr Johnson, but this will not be voted on by MPs.

Mr Umunna continued: "We are heading to a situation when in order to have a functioning government, we may need a general election. Will it solve the Brexit issue on its own? If we end up with another hung Parliament, obviously it won't. Which is why we will still need a People's Vote.

“It might be that the general election is very decisive, and you could view that as giving a definitive say [on Brexit]."

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