NICOLA Sturgeon has heaped pressure on Jeremy Corbyn urging the Labour leader to call for a vote of no confidence in the Tory Government.

Speaking yesterday morning, the First Minister said that while an SNP MP could raise the motion in the Commons, Parliamentary rules meant it was only guaranteed to go to a vote if called by Labour.

Corbyn has repeatedly ruled out the move saying he wants to wait until he can be sure of winning.

But Labour’s leadership are reportedly split. Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer and deputy leader Tom Watson are said to be urging Corbyn to table a no-confidence vote this week.

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Speaking on the Sophy Ridge programme on Sky News, Sturgeon said: “We think Labour should table a confidence motion and I said last week if it does so, then the SNP will support that.

“I think it is possible that a confidence motion right now could succeed.

“This is a government that is weak and unstable and is becoming more weak and unstable with every day that passes.”

Sturgeon said that even if the House of Commons motion was not successful, it would at least help clarify Corbyn’s position.

She said: “Labour’s position is that it won’t back a second EU referendum unless it has tried and failed to trigger a General Election. But if it won’t try to trigger a General Election we are in this catch-22 position and it seems to me that Labour is as much a barrier to making progress on Brexit as the Tories are.”

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Yesterday, during a trip to Edinburgh, Corbyn was asked by Channel 4 News when he was going to make his move.

He replied: “Thanks very much for your question, you’ll hear the news when I announce it.”

Earlier in the day, Labour’s Shadow Communities Secretary Andrew Gwynne told the BBC’s Marr programme that Parliament “cannot move to the next stage until Parliament has decided whether or not to back the Prime Minister’s deal”.

Asked to clarify whether that meant Labour would not table a no-confidence motion until after a vote on the Brexit deal, he said it was “the next logical step”.

“We want to make sure that Parliament has its say on what is a catastrophically bad deal for this country. We can then move on beyond that.”

Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long Bailey told Sky News a no-confidence vote would be a waste of Commons time.

“There are various different domestic policies and matters that need to be dealt with urgently and we don’t want to take up Parliamentary time unnecessarily,” she argued.

Meanwhile, Sturgeon, during her appearance on Sophy Ridge, also said she would update MSPs on indyref2 in the the New Year.

“I’ll set out my views in the New Year once we’ve got through this period of turmoil on Brexit,” she said.

Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, later appearing on Marr said it would be difficult to grant a second Brexit referendum and then not have a second referendum on independence.

“How can we tell Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP that they can’t have another independence referendum because they didn’t like the result?” he warned.

He added that “if there is a referendum... people like me will immediately start asking that it’s best of three”.

The comments came as a Panelbase poll for The Sunday Times suggested most Scottish voters believe it is only a matter of time before Scotland votes for independence.

Exactly half of voters expect Scottish independence to become a reality within the next 15 years.

A third of voters anticipate it happening in the next five to 10 years. Just 30% believe Scotland is unlikely to become independent “at any point in the next few decades”.

On the question of timing, 19% want another independence referendum while the UK is negotiating to leave the EU and 29% want one when the UK has finished negotiating to leave. 52% believe it should not be held “in the next few years”.

SNP depute leader Keith Brown told the Sunday Times: “Westminster incompetence is making the case for independence stronger by the day, and there is a democratic mandate for a referendum.

But the immediate priority is avoiding the disaster of a hard Brexit or a no-deal outcome.”