UK PM survives confidence vote over Brexit deal

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UK PM survives confidence vote over Brexit deal
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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa Could says she is going to “get on with the job of delivering Brexit” after surviving a no-confidence vote by her personal MPs

British Prime Minister Theresa Could on Wednesday survived a confidence vote by her personal MPs however misplaced the assist of 1 third of her colleagues, signalling the battle she nonetheless faces to get her Brexit deal by means of parliament.

Could gained the backing of 200 Conservative lawmakers, however 117 voted to oust her — and solely after she conceded she would step down earlier than the 2022 election.

“I am happy to have acquired the backing of my colleagues in tonight’s poll,” she stated outdoors her Downing Avenue workplace after the outcome was introduced.

“A major variety of colleagues did solid votes in opposition to me and I’ve listened to what they’ve stated.”

She stated she wished to “get on with the job of delivering Brexit”, and to see “politicians on all sides coming collectively”.

The outcome, introduced after a secret poll, was met with large cheers from Could’s supporters gathered in parliament, whereas the pound rose on the information.

However main Brexit insurgent Jacob Rees-Mogg, one in every of at the very least 48 Tory MPs who triggered the vote by writing a letter of no confidence in Could, stated it was a “horrible outcome”.

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The Night Commonplace newspaper led with Could’s vow to win the arrogance vote

“She should go and see the queen and resign urgently,” he informed the BBC.

Brexit figurehead Nigel Farage tweeted that Could “limps on to her subsequent failure, the deal will not cross and the true disaster is shut”.

Rees-Mogg and different eurosceptics hate the divorce deal Could agreed with the EU final month, which they worry dangers tying Britain to the bloc for years after Brexit on March 29.

The arrogance vote adopted her resolution on Monday to postpone a deliberate vote within the Home of Commons on the textual content, as a result of she feared a crushing defeat.

She has promised to carry that vote by January 21 — when she could but nonetheless lose, plunging the Brexit course of into contemporary disaster.

– Irish warning –

Could heads to Brussels on Thursday for a pre-planned EU summit, the place she is going to press fellow leaders to offer her one thing to assist promote the Brexit deal to sceptical MPs.

Many Conservatives, and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionists (DUP) who prop up the federal government, worry an association to maintain open the Irish border might see Britain trapped in an countless customs union with the EU.

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The outcome, introduced after a secret poll, was met with large cheers from Could’s supporters gathered in parliament, whereas the pound rose on the information

After a whistlestop tour of European capitals on Tuesday, she stated on Wednesday she would proceed to hunt “authorized and political assurances” over the short-term nature of the so-called “backstop”.

However whereas EU leaders expressed sympathy for her difficulties, they firmly rejected any try to renegotiate a Brexit deal that was solely secured final month after 17 months of talks.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated on Wednesday she nonetheless “has hope for an orderly exit” however “no intention to vary the exit settlement”.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar had an identical message after a name late Wednesday with European Fee President Jean-Claude Juncker.

His workplace stated the pair “agreed to work to supply reassurance to the UK (however) the settlement can’t be reopened or contradicted”.

– ‘Sufficient to cling on’ –

MPs and ministers had rallied spherical Could forward of the vote, and finance minister Philip Hammond stated Could’s victory would unite the occasion and “flush out the extremists”.

However in a non-public assembly with MPs earlier than they solid their ballots, she acknowledged the weak spot of her place by setting a restrict on her personal management, lawmakers stated.

“It’s not her intention to steer the occasion within the 2022 basic election,” Solicitor Basic Robert Buckland informed the BBC afterwards.

Could is now resistant to additional Conservative confidence votes for a yr, but when defeated on her Brexit deal, her authorities might nonetheless face a confidence vote in parliament.

Simon Hix, of the London Faculty of Economics, stated Wednesday’s outcome was “sufficient to cling on, however 117 in opposition to her means the Commons arithmetic on Brexit is now even more durable”.

Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer stated it confirmed the “Tory civil conflict… is way from over”, including: “Extra bother forward.”

The delays to the Brexit deal have prompted each the EU and Britain to step up preparations for the possibly disastrous situation the place there is no such thing as a settlement in any respect.



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