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Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May: They both know it is just a matter of time before she is voted out and he becomes prime minister.

Monday, December 10 looked like a crisis point for the Conservative government, with both the Liberal Democrats and, apparently, the Scottish National Party appealing to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to call a vote of “no confidence” in the administration.

But appearances can be deceptive.

The Liberal Democrats joined 30 MPs, 15 peers and five MEPs from Mr Corbyn’s own Labour Party to demand an immediate vote after Theresa May shelved her “meaningful vote” on the weak Brexit agreement she has negotiated – if that’s the word for it – with the European Union.

But look at the names of the Labour MPs supporting the move: Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Owen Smith – all enemies of Mr Corbyn within the party who may be hoping it will fail so they can attack him for poor judgement.

But spokespeople from the party leadership have said it is wiser to wait until after Mrs May has returned from her current – desperate – attempt to secure more concessions from the EU27.

They said a motion of “no confidence” would be put down when it is most likely to be successful – and this would be when Mrs May returns, having failed to renegotiate her deal and with only vague reassurances from EU leaders.

This would fail to win the backing of enough MPs and they would then by likely to support a “no confidence” vote. If this motion passes, parties have 14 days to try to form a new government. That would give Labour a chance to team up with smaller parties.

If no combination can win half of MPs’ backing within 14 days, a general election is triggered automatically.

Twitter commenters were busy explaining this as Mrs May was being lambasted in the Commons for her latest about-turn on Monday:

It is now just a matter of time before Mrs May is removed and Mr Corbyn becomes prime minister.

All he has to do is hold his nerve and ignore those who would push him into hasty mistakes.

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