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Theresa May narrowly survives no-confidence vote after crushing Brexit defeat

Theresa May narrowly survives no-confidence vote after crushing Brexit defeat

"Before talks can begin the government must remove the prospect of the catastrophe of a no deal Brexit from the European Union", said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

And May herself is working on the tightest-possible deadline as Britain prepares to leave the bloc that for half a century defined its economic and political relations with the rest of the world. May said she will "continue to work" to deliver on the result of the Brexit referendum and leave the EU. Corbyn dismissed her offer as too little, too late.

But he defended the agreement struck with Mrs May, and warned the risk of a no-deal Brexit was now greater than ever.

She invited leaders of opposition parties for talks on the way forward, ahead of her announcement on her next steps on January 21. Giving her reaction afterward, she was barely able to contain her frustration.

"We will, of course, try to find an orderly solution but we are also prepared for the scenario that there may not be an orderly solution", Merkel told reporters. "Nothing about how, or even if, it intends to honour the decision the British people took in a referendum parliament chose to hold", she said.

Since both Britain and Ireland are now part of the European Union with its single market, people and goods flow freely between Ireland and Northern Ireland., with no need for customs checks. At this crucial moment in our nation's history, a general election is simply not in the national interest'.

It comes after a day of drama as Mrs May's authority was on Tuesday eroded further, losing a key vote when 230 fellow MPs rejected her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. "But people are skeptical that she's going to get anything that's going to win over members even of her own party". Game over. The prime minister would be gone and the government would probably fall immediately. But these aren't normal times.

Prime Minister Theresa May was set to win a no-confidence motion in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening after suffering the humiliation on Tuesday of her European Union withdrawal agreement being voted down by the largest margin in British parliamentary history.

The mood in Parliament after the vote was surprisingly upbeat.

Just 202 members of Parliament sided with May's plan, while 432 cast votes to kill the proposal.

May will thus tread carefully as she tries to win over opposition lawmakers, many of whom want to remain in the European Union, while also attempting to appease more hardened Brexit-backing coalition partners.

John Woodcock, who now sits as an independent member of the Commons, had told MPs the Labour leader is not fit to govern.

Labour policy prioritizes forcing a general election, though Corbyn is coming under intensifying pressure to explicitly back a second referendum. Not everyone believes her, it would seem, but the view from Brussels is solid.

The question is what that route forward looks like.

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But the deal was doomed by deep opposition from both sides of the divide over the U.K.'s place in Europe.

But the Labour boss insisted that a No Deal Brexit must be taken off the table first.

The "plus" part of the proposed arrangement for the United Kingdom relates to a customs union with the EU.

Customers watch a television news report on the U.K. Parliament Brexit vote at a pub in the Westminster district of London, U.K., on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.

Calling a motion of no confidence is one of two ways that an early general election can be triggered, under the terms of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.

Will there be a second referendum?

Even so, he'll come under pressure from many in his party to do so after Labour members voted at their conference a year ago that it should be an option.

"Overwhelmingly the British people want us to get on with delivering Brexit and also address the other important issues they care about".

Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, said most leaders who had suffered a defeat on this scale would be "either resigning or looking to trash the deal that they'd got and do something utterly different".

"We want the PM to go back to the European Union and say 'the backstop must go,"' Foster said.

May's government is likewise split.

The prime minister has until Monday to come up with a new Brexit plan and has promised to consult with senior lawmakers from across the political spectrum on her next moves.

As for sterling strength, he said this is because "the market apparently thinks that at this point, no agreement is better than some agreement, because it buys time and increases the possibility that the country will change its mind entirely about Brexit".


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