What is a no confidence vote and how many MPs are needed to support it to topple the government?

BORIS Johnson could be booted out of Downing Street within days of moving in after an instant no confidence vote, Tories fear.

But what does the parliamentary motion mean? Find out here.

What is a motion of no confidence?

There are two different motions of no confidence.

One involves a motion of no confidence being moved in the House of Commons with the wording "that this House has no confidence in HM Government".

The backing of a majority of MPs would topple the Government.

The Tories narrowly survived this one on the eve of January 16, 2019, after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn brought the motion in the wake of the trounced "meaningful vote".

The other kind – which occurred within the Tory Party on December 12 – saw Tory MPs write to the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee expressing no confidence in the Prime Minister herself.

The required 48 MPs wrote letters expressing their desire for a vote of no confidence to the backbench 1922 Committee, triggering an anonymous ballot to decide their leader's fate.

How many MPs need to support it to topple the government?

If the vote is backed by a simple majority of MPs, the government will be toppled.

If a new Government with the support of the Commons cannot be formed within 14 days, an early general election is called.

It is one of only two ways in which an early general election may be triggered under the terms of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011.

Could Boris Johnson face a no confidence vote?

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood said around a dozen Conservative MPs could be prepared to support a vote of no-confidence in the Government to prevent a no-deal break with the EU.

Mr Ellwood told BBC One's Panorama programme said: "I think a dozen or so Members of Parliament would be on our side, would be voting against supporting a no-deal and that would include ministers as well as backbenchers."

Mr Hunt said Mr Ellwood's comments underlined the danger of pushing to leave the EU by October 31 – as Mr Johnson has promised – without a majority in Parliament.

Who can table a no confidence vote in the Government?

Only a no confidence motion tabled by the official leader of the opposition automatically gets allotted time for debate and a vote in the Commons.

It is up to the Government to decide whether to grant the motion from the smaller opposition parties any time – which is highly unlikely.

If the PM was to lose a vote of no confidence in the Commons it would trigger a General Election.

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