December 17, 2018 / 4:11 PM / 8 months ago

Labour claims credit for forcing new date for Brexit vote

FILE PHOTO - Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivers his speech at the party's conference in Liverpool, Britain, September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - The Labour Party said on Monday Prime Minister Theresa May had only offered a date for a new vote on her Brexit deal because it had threatened to call for a motion of no confidence in her.

“The prime minister has been forced to bring her botched deal back to Parliament under threat of a motion of no confidence in her,” a spokesman said.

“We will not let her cynically run down the clock to create the false choice between her botched deal and no deal. It is disgraceful that a month has been wasted. We were due to vote on 11 December and there can be no further attempts to dodge accountability to parliament.”

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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