May Survives No-Confidence Vote After Brexit Deal Thrashing

Theresa May has survived a vote of no-confidence, a day after her Brexit divorce plan was voted down in Parliament in the biggest defeat in British government history.

The prime minister won by 325 votes to 306 just after 7pm local time, surviving with a majority of 19 votes.

She secured the victory after rebel Tory MPs and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) backed the government.

The no-confidence vote came after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn lodged the no-confidence motion with support by all of the opposition parties.

“I am most pleased that this House has expressed its confidence in the Government tonight,” Mrs May said shortly after the result.

“I do not take this responsibility lightly and my Government will continue to work to increase our prosperity, guarantee our security and to strengthen our union.”

Mrs May almost immediately continued work on Brexit, asking afterwards to begin talks with opposition leaders and met with the Scottish National Party, Liberal Democrats, the DUP and Plaid Cymru.

However, Mr Corbyn did not attend meetings with Mrs May, after previously stating that “positive discussions” could not take place unless the prime minister ruled out a no-deal Brexit.

Mrs May had called on MPs to “put self-interest aside” and “work constructively together” to focus on a “way forward.”

“We will also work to continue on the solemn promise we made to the people of this country to deliver on the referendum and the European Union,” she said

“We must find solutions that are negotiable and command sufficient support in this House.”

If Mrs May fails, the UK could face a no-deal Brexit, a delay to Brexit or another referendum.

Mrs May must now provide a new Brexit deal on Monday and MPs will have until January 30 to vote on it.

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