Theresa May Survives, Weakened And With An Exit Date

Posted December 14, 2018

Last night Theresa May survived a confidence vote after facing down her most vocal critics - but what does that mean for Brexit?

"She said that she did not intend to lead us into the 2022 election", lawmaker Alec Shelbrooke said, adding "her opening remarks were, "I am not going to hold a snap election". Herewith an update on the latest in the Brexit saga.

But Corbyn is keen to keep up attacks on the government, amid pressure from grassroots activists to fight Brexit - and there is nothing to stop the party tabling subsequent motions, if it loses. Under the party's rules, May's leadership can not be challenged for at least a year now.

She was due to travel to Dublin on Wednesday but remained in London to contest the no-confidence vote.

That's one more than voted for her in 2016 (when there were around a dozen more Conservative MPs).

Afterwards, solicitor general Robert Buckland told reporters: "She said "In my heart I would like to lead the party into the next election" and then that was the introductory phrase to her indication that she would accept the fact that that would not happen, that is not her intention".

The European Parliament's Brexit point man, Guy Verhofstadt, could not contain a note of annoyance, tweeting: "Once again, the fate of EU-UK relations, the prosperity of businesses & citizens' rights are consumed by an internal Conservative party catfight over Europe". 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.

However, crucially 117 members of her own party said they had no confidence in her, meaning the matter is not fully resolved.

This would be bad enough if the Conservative Party had a majority, but it relies on the support of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, which also opposes the deal because of the "backstop"-a legal device to prevent the need to erect a land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland".

We would be in the single market without having a say on the rules.

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.

And Great Yarmouth MP and party chairman Brandon Lewis added: "Glad my colleagues have supported the PM to continue to deliver for the United Kingdom, gaining more votes than in her 2016 leadership campaign".

They agreed the withdrawal agreement is "the best outcome available" and "cannot be reopened or contradicted".

And the PM hinted at working more closely with other parties in a bid to break the Brexit stalemate saying she was determined to deliver Brexit and adding "that must start here in Westminster with politicians on all sides coming together and acting in the national interest".

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. Brexit fatigue is very real, and the British people just want it over, but the question remains, how?

Theresa May defended her Brexit deal and warned that ousting her could derail the whole process. She bought herself time and gained tactical advantage over her internal enemies. The Prime Minister said she would go to a European Council summit today seeking "legal and political assurances" on the controversial Irish backstop proposal.

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. "The EU have made it crystal clear they aren't changing so that is the position under the law, and the government will have no business changing the law between now and the 29th of March".