Theresa May facing Vote of No Confidence after suffering the worst defeat in UK parliamentary history – latest updates

🕰️ With Westminster in chaos, it can be tricky to keep up with the latest news. We’ve put together a timeline of recent events to keep you in the loop.

16/01/197:00pm

Mhairi Black makes clear that neither her, nor Scotland, have ever had confidence in this Tory government

SNP MPs will vote to bring down this Tory government and consign it to the dustbin of history.

16/01/191:23pm

Westminster is in chaos but in Scotland we stand united

16/01/1911:51am

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has written to Theresa May calling for urgent engagement with the Scottish & Welsh governments

A letter to the Prime Minister from Nicola Sturgeon.
15/01/198:14pm

Scotland has no confidence in the UK government – SNP MPs will back tomorrow’s no confidence motion

The UK government has run out of steam and is running out of time in Scotland.

In tomorrow’s no confidence motion, which will be voted on at 7pm, SNP MPs will emphatically vote to bring down this shambolic Tory government.

If this fails, there is only one clear way to break the deadlock: Jeremy Corbyn must accept his responsibility, get off the fence, and support a People’s Vote with an option to remain in the European Union.

15/01/197:51pm

Following Brexit deal defeat, Nicola Sturgeon urges extension of Article 50 and a second EU referendum

15/01/197:41pm

SNP MPs and others reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal by crushing margin

This is the biggest defeat that any UK government has suffered in parliamentary history.

The SNP will not allow the Conservative Party to wreck our economy, rob us off our rights and throw us down a hard-right cliff of deregulation.

It is now time for the people to decide.

15/01/195:42pm

What’s the real process for removing Scotland from the EU? 🤨

15/01/194:10pm

Ian Blackford calls out Labour for dodging responsibility on Brexit whilst SNP MPs stand up for Scotland

The SNP respects Scotland’s vote to remain, and we’ve been crystal clear that staying in the EU is in Scotland’s best interest.

Meanwhile, Labour’s Brexit policy amounts to not much more than fudge, and at this crucial time, Labour is still missing in action.

15/01/1912:00pm

It isn’t too late for Corbyn to back a way out of Brexit, urges Tommy Sheppard MP in open letter

Every single piece of analysis shows that Brexit will make people poorer, and will disproportionately hit working class families the hardest.

In a real democracy, it is right for people to change their minds, and Labour should allow people to have a say on their future at this crucial time.

15/01/199:30am

Nicola Sturgeon’s statement before MPs vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal

10/01/196:30pm

Mhairi Black dismantles the UK government promises made during the Scottish referendum, and lets rip on the Tory Brexit mess

10/01/191:45pm

Tory plans to slash immigration would be a disaster to Scotland

Scotland massively benefits from immigration.

It strengthens our economy and enriches our cultural fabric. The ideologically-driven Tory plans to slash immigration go completely against Scotland’s interests.

We firmly oppose these plans, and send a clear message: Scotland welcomes you.

09/01/1911:30am

There is an alternative to Theresa May’s disastrous Brexit deal: remaining in the EU

Amid the drama and political disarray at Westminster, we should not lose sight of the fact that EU membership gives Scotland countless benefits: a stronger economy, an open market for our businesses, the freedom to live, work and travel in 27 countries, workers’ rights protections, and so much more.

Scotland voted to remain, and we will not allow Scotland to be dragged out against its wishes.

24/12/196:00pm

Brian Cox highlights Brexit mess and the hope of Scottish independence in the SNP Christmas message

18/12/196:30pm

Tory contempt for Scotland was laid bare, as a Tory MP heckled the SNP Westminster leader telling him to ‘go back to Skye’

12/12/189:40pm

Nicola Sturgeon commenting on the news that 117 Tory MPs don’t have confidence in Theresa May

Note with Nicola Sturgeon's comments on Theresa May's leadership vote
12/12/189:18pm

Nothing has been achieved but chaos

The Tories’ confidence vote tonight has done nothing but cause chaos, and Theresa May’s refusal to go only prolongs that chaos.

12/12/189:03pm

Third of Theresa May’s MPs say they don’t have confidence in her

Theresa May has managed to cling on as Prime Minister, but over a third of her MPs have voted to say they have no confidence in her leadership.

The reality is, the Prime Minister is now weaker than she was before and still is arguing for a deal that is bad for Scotland and the whole of the UK and cannot pass the House of Commons.

12/12/185:50pm

Tory leadership vote will solve nothing and only continue the chaos

As Theresa May looks like she might survive the Tory parties confidence vote, it only returns Scotland to where we were before. With a deal that is unacceptable, that will damage Scotland’s economy and strip people of their rights.

Whether Theresa May remains Prime Minister or not, it doesn’t solve the fundamental questions of Brexit.

12/12/184:25pm

Westminster is out of ideas. In Scotland, the SNP are delivering

Scottish Government’s Finance Secretary, Derek MacKay, delivered the Scottish Budget and, among other investments, committed to over £9bn for Health and Social Care Partnerships for primary and community health services in Scotland.

12/12/182:43pm

A government out of ideas….

Scottish Government’s Brexit Secretary, Mike Russell, delivers a statement to the Scottish Parliament.

Says the UK Government is “out of ideas, out of talent, out of time and needing to be put out of office.”

12/12/1812:52pm

Theresa May must resign

We were promised ‘strong and stable’, but instead the UK government has become an embarrassment. Theresa May must take responsibility and resign.

12/12/1812:11pm

The facts remain – Theresa May’s deal is a bad deal for Scotland

Theresa May’s deal is a bad deal and will remain a bad deal, whatever cosmetic changes are made.

12/12/1811:22am

Stay in office…

Tory Cabinet Minister lets slip the reality of the current UK government – they are purely interested in staying in power and not in delivering a good deal for Scotland and the UK.

12/12/188:48am

Theresa May faces leadership as Tory civil war hits peak

Westminster’s chaos continues as Theresa May now faces a vote among Tory MPs trying to oust her. In Scotland however, people will see a tale of two governments – as the Scottish Government delivers a budget that will keep Scotland on the path of progress.

11/12/185:11pm

Getting on with the day job

While Westminster and the UK government become engulfed in the Tories’ Brexit chaos. In Scotland, the Scottish Government are getting on with the business of delivering for the people of Scotland.

11/12/185:00pm

An absolute embarrassment of a government

Mhairi Black calls out the embarrassing actions of the UK government and Theresa May.

11/12/183:06pm

This UK government doesn’t care

Ian Blackford rises to speak in the emergency Brexit debate and makes clear – SNP MPs will not vote for any Brexit deal that worsens people’s rights or harms Scotland’s economy.

11/12/182:00pm

Enough is enough

Nicola Sturgeon calls for a sensible end to the Tories Brexit chaos that would protect – rather than wreck – Scotland and the UK’s economy.

11/12/1811:51am

Ian Blackford & opposition leaders call for motion of no confidence in Tory government

Ian Blackford has been joined by other party leaders in calling for Jeremy Corbyn to submit a motion of no confidence in Theresa May’s government.

10/12/185:25pm

Theresa May given some home truths

Watch SNP Westminster Depute Leader, Kirsty Blackman, deliver some home truths to the Tories and Theresa May.

10/12/184:25pm

The PM has lost the confidence of her own benches

The Tory party keeps tearing itself apart over the Brexit deal, and from the countless speeches of her own MPs, it is clear that Theresa May has no support of her own backbenchers.

Indeed, the deal has no support from across the House of Commons, no support from the Scottish Parliament, and no support from the Welsh Assembly.

Kirsty Blackman, deputy leader of the SNP Westminster group, said: “The Prime Minister is incapable of taking decisions about the future, and Downing Street cannot negotiate any more – either with the EU or with the Tory backbenchers”.

10/12/183:58pm

A stunning display of cowardice

SNP Westminster Depute Leader, Kirsty Blackman, calls out the actions of the UK government in withdrawing the vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Demands to know when Parliament will be given the chance to vote down Theresa May’s deal.

10/12/183:56pm

Making Scotland’s voice heard

When asked by the Prime Minister whether Brexit should happen, SNP MPs made Scotland’s voice heard.

10/12/183:51pm

Theresa May confirms government is pulling Brexit vote

However, the Prime Minister failed to say when she would bring the deal back to Parliament for a new vote.

10/12/183:01pm

PM putting Tory party interests ahead of the country’s

Nicola Sturgeon has just finished speaking with Theresa May. The SNP are standing up for Scotland’s interests, while Theresa May is only interested in protecting the interests of the Tory party.

10/12/1812:30pm

Theresa May pulls vote on her Brexit deal

As the defeat of her Brexit deal looks inevitable, the UK government has announced that Theresa May will withdraw the vote on her Brexit deal, just a day before it was meant to be voted on.

10/12/188:30am

European Court of Justice Ruling

Following the ECJ’s Advocate General’s initial ruling that the UK could unilaterally revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit, the European Court of Justice officially ruled that to be the case.

This means that the UK Government can remove the risk of a no-deal Brexit, and that remaining within the European Union is now clearly a possibility.

09/12/189:01am

Support for independence increasing

As Theresa May’s deal continues to wreak havoc and cause chaos at Westminster, support for Scottish independence is rising.

A Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times Scotland found that 59% think Scottish independence would be better than a no-deal Brexit. While 53% say independence would benefit country more than staying in UK but outside the EU under a negotiated Brexit deal.

06/12/1812:00pm

No TV debates

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn skirted around the idea of live TV debates around the Brexit deal – but both party leaders found excuse after excuse as to why they wouldn’t debate on particular TV channels.

Nicola Sturgeon called on both May and Corbyn to agree to the debates and for all the possible Brexit options to be included – saying that she would be willing to debate for remaining in the European Union.

However, in the end, neither May or Corbyn would commit to the debates – mirroring both leaders’ actions during the 2017 General Election debates.

05/12/185:30pm

UK minister found in contempt of Parliament

Theresa May suffered the worst day in Parliament for a British government in decades, as SNP MPs, among others, voted to ‘take back control’ of the Brexit process and forced the Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, to publish the Brexit legal advice he had tried to hide.

For the first time since 1880, a minister was held in contempt of Parliament for refusing to publish the legal advice on the PM’s deal, despite previously committing to do so.

05/12/185:05pm

Scottish Parliament votes against the deal

With the stark negative impact on Scotland’s economy and communities, the Scottish Parliament clearly voted to reject the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal.

MSPs from the SNP, Labour, Lib Dems and Scottish Greens all voted to reject the deal, with only the Scottish Tories voting for it. Despite all the evidence, Scottish Tories consciously voted for a deal that will make people in Scotland poorer.

28/11/185:00pm

3 hours in Scotland

Despite ignoring Scotland in the text of the Brexit deal, selling out the Scottish fishing industry and ignoring the interests of Scotland throughout the whole Brexit process – Theresa May still came to Scotland in an attempt to sell her Brexit deal.

However, the Prime Minister would only spend three hours in Scotland – visiting a single factory – before jet-setting back to London.

27/11/183:00pm

Brexit could make everyone in Scotland £1,600 worse off

With the publication of Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the Scottish Government produced an analysis of the impact it would have on Scotland and our economy.

The analysis showed that by 2030, Scotland would be £1,600 worse off per person than we would be if Scotland remained in the European Union.

22/11/181:31pm

Sell-out of Scottish Fishing exposed

As the UK government continues to discuss the UK and Scotland’s post-Brexit relations with the European Union, a leaked document revealed that Tories were willing to use Scottish fishing as a bargaining chip in future Brexit negotiations.

The leaked political declaration revealed that “access and quota shares would be included in the Future Economic Partnership” between the UK and the EU – breaking the previous pledges of the Vote Leave campaign and the UK government to Scottish Fishermen.

15/11/1812:00pm

Tory Cabinet Ministers resign

Just a day after the confirmation of the deal, two of Theresa May’s cabinet ministers resigned – Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and Work & Pensions Secretary Esther McVey – in opposition to the Brexit deal.

This means that throughout Theresa May’s premiership, a total of 18 government ministers have now resigned. This was also the second Brexit Secretary to resign from Theresa May’s government.

14/11/1812:00pm

Theresa May says she has a Brexit deal

Following a summit of European leaders, Theresa May announced that she had secured a Brexit deal and that she would be putting it to a vote in the House of Commons.

It was quickly revealed that Theresa May hasn’t shown the text of the deal to the Scottish Government, despite the fact the government of Gibraltar had been given advanced sight of it.

Perhaps this was because Scotland wasn’t even once mentioned in the deal, while Northern Ireland was mentioned over 100 times and so too were the British Arctic Territories.