May won a confidence vote but the Brexit battle is unchanged

May won a confidence vote but the Brexit battle is unchanged

May won a confidence vote but the Brexit battle is unchanged

Over a third of Conservative MPs voted against Theresa May remaining as Conservative leader as she survived an attempt to oust her, but conceded she could not lead the party into the next general election.

"It is not her intention to lead the party in the 2022 general election", Solicitor General Robert Buckland told the BBC after the meeting.

European leaders this week committed to helping Prime Minister May get the Brexit deal ratified in the United Kingdom parliament by offering assurances that the triggering of the backstop clause is not a preferred outcome.

He said he emphasised that the deal is not open for renegotiation, as a backstop is necessary for both Ireland and the European Union as a whole.

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, who met one-to-one with May, said she had put new ideas on the table.

Many Conservative MPs are unhappy with the Brexit plan she negotiated in Brussels, and discontent reached a tipping point when she delayed a parliamentary vote on the deal which was scheduled for Tuesday.

May could be toppled if a simple majority of 317 Conservative MPs (members of parliament) vote against her, though a large rebellion could also leave her fatally weakened.

Theresa May faces the prospect of a deep Cabinet split next month as senior ministers prepare rival "plan B" options if her Brexit blueprint is rejected by MPs.

"We are only in the foothills of the parliamentary manoeuvering and my prediction is that we will end up with a Brexit voted through at the last minute with a cross-party alliance of MPs".

She had needed 159 MPs to back her in the secret ballot.

That fear is a central plank of her own party's critics - and led to her pulling a vote in the Commons that she was expected to lose significantly. "Of course we are ready to make concessions to Theresa May where possible", he said.

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Now that May has survived, the "how to remove the prime minister" question swings back towards the Labour party. By a quirk of Tory rules, she is now immune from another challenge to her leadership for 12 months.

British constitutional procedures would then give them 14 days to find another prime minister that would support their hard line.

She pledged to seek "legal and political assurances" on the Brexit backstop to allay MPs' concerns about her Withdrawal Agreement when she attends a European Council summit in Brussels on Thursday.

So the Brexit summit called for tomorrow, December 13 might turn out to be a disaster with the United Kingdom leader calling the summit but losing the support within the day so the summit upon Brexit will have no leader representing the leaving country.

"Weeks spent tearing ourselves apart will only create more division just as we should be standing together to serve our country".

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who now holds the rotating European Union presidency, suggested there could be a special Brexit summit in January to agree "additional assurances" which could be attached to the Political Declaration on the UK's future relationship with the EU.

Enough Tory MPs have requested a vote of confidence in Theresa May to trigger a contest which will take place tonight.

The Labour leader accused the government of behaving in a "totally unacceptable way" to the House of Commons.

Speaking immediately after the result of the vote was declared, the Tory Brexiteer said: "The Prime Minister must realise that under all constitutional norms she ought to go and see The Queen urgently and resign".

"My focus now is to get those assurances that we need to get this deal over the line because I genuinely believe it's in the best interests of both sides, of the United Kingdom and the EU", May said. It's a flawless Brussels "fudge" in that it allows them to satisfy their own commitments, while simultaneously pulling something out of the hat to allow May to get the deal across the line.

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