Deadlock Continues

Theresa May survives no-confidence motion by 19 votes.
Theresa May survives no-confidence motion by 19 votes.

Theresa May has survived as prime minister after weathering a dramatic no-confidence vote in her government, but was left scrambling to strike a Brexit compromise that could secure the backing of parliament.

In a statement in Downing Street on Wednesday night, the prime minister exhorted politicians from all parties to “put aside self-interest”, and promised to consult with MPs with “the widest possible range of views” in the coming days.

It followed her announcement that she would invite Jeremy Corbyn and other party leaders for immediate talks on how to secure a Brexit deal, something she had declined to do earlier in the day, although Labour later said Corbyn would decline the invitation unless no-deal was taken off the table.

A day after overwhelmingly rejecting her Brexit deal, rebel Conservatives and Democratic Unionist party (DUP) MPs swung behind the prime minister to defeat Labour’s motion of no confidence by 325 votes to 306 – a majority of 19.

In her late-night statement, the prime minister said: “I am disappointed that the leader of the Labour party has not so far chosen to take part – but our door remains open … It will not be an easy task, but MPs know they have a duty to act in the national interest, reach a consensus and get this done.”

The Scottish National party’s leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford, met May on Wednesday night, and the Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, also accepted her invitation.

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See Also:

(1) Support for Parliament plummets as chaos reigns

(2) Why May ‘cannot take Brexit no deal off table’ despite Jeremy Corbyn plea

(3) Cabinet Ministers demand Brexit is delayed by one year so UK can prepare for no deal exit

(4) Is UK heading for Norway deal? What is the Norway model?

(5) May has no plan to renegotiate deal even after colossal loss

(6) Greece in crisis: Tsipras wins crunch no-confidence vote after Macedonia row

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