Labour today demanded Theresa May and her Government stand aside claiming she has lost control of Brexit and her own authority.
The resignation of Boris Johnson this afternoon has led Jeremy Corbyn’s party to call a snap general election – the third in three years.
Labour sources insisted today the party has been ready for another national poll ‘whenever it comes’ ever since Mrs May threw away her majority last year.
Some Labour MPs shouted ‘resign’ while others waved ‘bye’ as the Prime Minister took to the despatch box in the Commons today to defend her Chequers deal.
Jeremy Corbyn stopped short of calling for Mrs May to quit but said there was a ‘crisis in Government’ after the resignation of Mr Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis.
But he asked: ‘How can anyone have faith in the Prime Minister getting a good deal with 27 European Union governments when she can’t even broker a deal within her own Cabinet?’
The Labour leader told the Commons: ‘It is clear this Government is not capable of securing a deal to protect the economy, jobs and living standards.
‘It is clear this Government cannot secure a good deal for Britain.’
Mr Corbyn concluded by telling Mrs May: ‘The Chequers agreement now stands as a shattered truce, a sticking plaster over the Cabinet’s cracks in this Government.
‘The future of jobs and investment are now at stake. They, those jobs and that investment, are not a sub-plot in the Tory Party civil war.’
Mr Corbyn said there needs to be a Government capable of ‘governing and negotiating for Britain’, adding: ‘For the good of this country and its people, the Government needs to get its act together and do it quickly and if it can’t, make way for those who can.’
Mrs May, in her reply, criticised Mr Corbyn for initially saying in 2016 that Article 50 should have been triggered immediately after the EU referendum.
She said: ‘He talks about resignations – can I just remind him, I think he’s had 103 resignations from his frontbench, so I’ll take no lectures from him.’
Mrs May claimed Labour would ‘never deliver’ a strong economy, adding the Opposition’s policies would lead to a ‘run on the pound, capital flight and the loss of jobs for working people up and down this country’.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell earlier led calls for an end to ‘paralysis in government’ warning it was ‘no way to govern a country’.
As news of David Davis’ resignation emerged, Mr McDonnell said: ‘We are now in a situation where there is paralysis in government.
‘Having forced her Brexit policy through her cabinet, Theresa May now knows she hasn’t a majority to push it through Parliament and yet the Brexiteers haven’t the votes to get rid of her.
‘No way to govern a country.’
He added: ‘With a Prime Minister incapable of holding her ministerial team together and with such instability in government it’s impossible to see how EU leaders could take Theresa May seriously in the next round of negotiations.
‘It’s time for her and her party to put country before party and go.’
Labour chairman Ian Lavery said: ‘This is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no authority left.
‘The Prime Minister is in office but not in power. She cannot deliver Brexit and our country is at a complete standstill, while the Tories indulge in their leadership tussling.
‘We can’t go on like this. Britain needs a functioning Government.’