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Fading to black: Theresa May could be returning to the UK to face a vote of ‘no confidence’ triggered, not by Labour, but by her own MPs.

Less than 24 hours ago, Liberal Democrats, Scottish Nationalists, so-called ‘rebel’ Conservatives and even some members of the Labour Party were belittling Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to call a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Theresa May’s government over her postponement of Parliament’s Brexit vote.

Mr Corbyn said he would not call such a vote until Mrs May had returned from her latest desperate begging mission to Europe. She claimed she would renegotiate parts of her dire Brexit deal, but we all knew the best she could hope for would be reassurances on the more vague passages.

As it happens, she didn’t even manage that – and now she has returned home to a nasty surprise:

That’s right – Sir Graham Brady, chair of the Conservative Party’s backbench 1922 Committee, has arranged a meeting with Mrs May, to take place after Prime Minister’s Questions today (December 12). It seems unlikely this can mean anything other than that he has received the 48 letters required to trigger a vote of “no confidence” in Mrs May by members of the Parliamentary Conservative Party – her own people.

If true, this has to represent the funniest turning of the political tables in a long, long time.

All through Tuesday we heard a succession of Tories, Liberal Democrats, Scottish Nationalists and even Labour MPs demanding a “no confidence” vote from Corbyn – even though they themselves could have triggered one if they were that desperate – and ridiculing him for holding back.

Now, despite the fact that his conditions have been met…

… Mr Corbyn appears to have been pre-empted – by Mrs May’s own MPs.

I don’t know about you but I laughed like a lunatic when I heard.

I mean, this is pretty funny now:

John McDonnell had the answer:

Busted!

And the online jokers have been having fun:

This clip makes monkeys of Tories like Anna Soubry and the BBC:

Ms Soubry called the Labour opposition a “joke” but, considering the behaviour of her fellow Tories, the joke’s on her.

As for Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, who suggested “She’s the real opposition”, referring to Ms Soubry… well, if that’s the BBC view, it is behind the times.

Of course, we should not give too much credibility to rumours:

That’s quite correct, although we can track the progress of the rumour:

In response, Corbyn supporter Aaron Bastani tweeted: “I’m pleased to announce yet another Labour masterclass and another melt disasterclass.”

Some are already speculating about Mrs May’s replacement:

But – again – we are living in interesting times that throw up complicated questions, like this:

And this:

While we wait for the facts to sort themselves out, here’s an ironic factette, considering all this has beeen happening while Mrs May was in Europe:

Harold Wilson once said a week in politics was a long time. Now the situation is changing several times during a single day.

Who knows what the next 24 hours will bring?

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