Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

14m May wins no confidence vote

14m May wins no confidence vote

Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, who had campaigned for weeks to trigger a confidence vote in Mrs May's leadership, said he was not persuaded by the Prime Minister's assurances.

There can be, under party rules, no similar vote on her leadership for 12 months.

The EU's draft statement, seen by Reuters, reiterated that the bloc prefers a new deal to ever triggering the Irish backstop and that it would try to swiftly conclude such an accord even if the emergency border fix kicks in.

But 117 MPs voted against the PM - a much greater number than predicted prior to the announcement.

"There's no time to waste and Parliament must take back control".

Roughly 100 Conservative MPs serve in May's government, either as cabinet secretaries or more junior ministers. A majority of the MPs had publicly said they would be voting for the PM but as it was a secret ballot, there was uncertainty over the result. She also said she wouldn't seek to call a General Election, which will come as a relief to many Tories.

Put it another way: Despite all these structural advantages-and her willingness to make herself a lame duck to win Wednesday's vote-May still lost the support of roughly 37 percent of her MPs.

The prime objection revolves around the so-called "backstop".

"It will be impossible to break open the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement".

It would mean Northern Ireland remaining aligned to European Union regulations after Brexit to prevent a hard border with the Republic.

The legal assurance would - critically - allow the DUP to budge and support the deal; recall the DUP are kingmakers in this whole process, they know May needs her, the European Union know May needs the DUP and therefore the European Union must produce something to satisfy the DUP.

"I don't expect an immediate breakthrough but what I do hope is that we can start to work as quickly as possible on the assurances that are necessary", she said.

Labour might feel like it's worth trying now that May is secure within her own party for the time being.

Theresa May to ask European leaders for help with Brexit
Theresa May to ask European leaders for help with Brexit

"The vote, 200-117, was not a thumping result for the PM, and while it means she remains in place, it is clear that her authority has suffered a blow, especially given that it required a promise that she would not stay for the next election", adds Beauchamp. The real question is if there's a majority for a people's vote.

Nonetheless, the 62-year-old has proved to be a stubborn political survivor, hanging on to power amid fierce internal and external opposition, and despite a disastrous general election in June 2017.

On Wednesday, Theresa May avoided defeat.

Addressing assembled MPs at a meeting of the 1922 Committee moments before the crucial vote, Mrs May said that she accepted she could not fight the next election as their leader.

However, the Democratic Unionist MPs do not like the "backstop"-far from it, as it would most affect their interests in Northern Ireland".

"She has admitted her deal is likely to be defeated by a significant margin". She bought herself time and gained tactical advantage over her internal enemies.

"I have heard what the House of Commons said about the Northern Ireland backstop and, when I go to the European council tomorrow, I will be seeking legal and political assurances that will assuage the concerns that members of parliament have on that issue", she said.

She made her first splash by telling Tories at an annual conference to stop being "the nasty party" if they wanted to win.

On October 3rd Theresa May promised the end of austerity for Britain and a good deal on Brexit.

The math still does not look promising.

Conservative MPs have been warned by chief whip Julian Smith not to absent themselves from parliament next week, because the government must be "alive to opposition tactics in the run-up to the recess".

The traditionally right-wing paper said five ministers were now urging May to let parliament "hold a series of "indicative" votes on every conceivable option" of Brexit.

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