May wins critical confidence vote on the eve of European Summit

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British Prime Minister Theresa May gives a statement outside 10 Downing Street after a Confidence Vote in London, Britain, 12 December 2018. Theresa May won a challenge to her leadership on 12 December 2018 after Conservative Members of Parliament voted in her favour in a Confidence Vote.

May wins critical confidence vote on the eve of European Summit


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Theresa May remains leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore is set to become the UK prime minister who will take the country’s next steps in the Brexit process.

The British premier won the 12 December confidence vote in the Conservative Party 200 votes to 117, securing her position as Prime Minister. May now cannot face a leadership challenge for at least a year.

May got 63% of the votes, at a confidence vote organized at the initiative of deputies that disagreed with the Withdrawal Agreement that she negotiated in Brussels with the EU-27. The agreement is set to go through the UK Parliament for approval by December 21.

The vote comes on the eve of a difficult European Summit, where the leaders expect May to ask for “assurances” on Thursday afternoon’s meeting in the Belgian capital. EU leaders have vowed neither to reopen negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement, nor to provide May with clarifications that interpret the deal in another way.

May must bring the deal back to Commons next week, Labour ready to govern

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, put out a statement about the result, saying that “Today’s vote makes no difference to the lives of our people.” Corbyn suggested that May “has lost her majority in parliament, her government is in chaos and she is unable to deliver a Brexit deal that works for the country and puts jobs and the economy first”.

According to Corbyn, May must now” bring her dismal deal back to the House of Commons next week so parliament can take back control,” reiterating that his party is ready to govern and deliver “a deal that protects living standards and workers’ rights”.

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