Brexit: Government loses vote on amendment to contempt motion
It is expected Jeremy Corbyn would try to seize power by pressing for a vote of no confidence in Mrs May. Should the Labour leader win the power struggle he would be given 14 days to form a new government under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act. However, if Mrs May refuses to resign, a scenario suggested by Tory MP Andrea Leadsom, Buckingham Palace would be drawn into the chaos.
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At the end of the two-week period, the Queen would officially have the power to choose the new prime minister.
She would have to decide whether to dismiss her current ministers and support a Jeremy Corbyn led government or stick with Theresa May.
The situation was suggested by Cambridge academic David Howarth who said it would cause “immense difficulties” for the Queen who tries to stay out of politics.