UK government to block plan to hold confidence vote unless certain wordings changed

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The British government will only allow the opposition Labour Party to call a confidence vote if they remove reference to outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson from the motion to be voted upon, a government spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Labour said earlier the government had blocked its plan to call a confidence vote, calling it an “abuse of power.” Labour wants to prevent Johnson remaining in power while his successor is chosen - a process expected to take until September 5.


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Some of Johnson’s own Conservative lawmakers have also previously expressed doubts about him remaining in power, saying they had lost faith in his honesty and integrity following a series of scandals.

By convention the government, which controls the allocation of parliamentary business, would normally free up time for a confidence vote called by the main opposition party.

But, a government spokeswoman said Labour had been given the opportunity to propose a “straightforward” confidence vote in the government.

“They have chosen to play politics by tabling a vote of no confidence in the government and the prime minister,” the spokesperson said. “As the prime minister has already resigned and a leadership process is underway, we do not feel this is a valuable use of parliamentary time.”

The spokesperson said Labour could have the vote if they amended their motion.

Labour said the refusal was without precedent.

“This clapped-out government is running scared and refusing to allow time to debate Labour’s vote of no confidence motion,” a Labour spokeswoman said.

The final version of parliamentary business for Wednesday had not yet been published.

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