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British PM May survives no-confidence motion

Jan '19
UK PM Theresa May/Courtesy: Gov.uk
UK PM Theresa May/Courtesy: Gov.uk
British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence motion on January 16 by a majority of 19 and initiated the mechanism of rebooting her government’s approach to Brexit after the divorce deal was rejected by the House of Commons a day before. The motion, brought by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, was rejected 325 to 306 after a six-hour debate.

Conservative rebels and the 10-member Democratic Unionist Party that voted against the agreement voted in support of May during the motion, according to global news wires.

“We must find a solution that has sufficient command and support of the House. I will start meeting senior parliamentarians and party leaders from tonight in a constructive spirit to identify ways to secure parliament’s endorsement,” May said after surviving the motion.

May said she would return on January 21 with a statement on the way ahead. The statement, widely perceived as Plan B after the 599-page agreement was rejected, is expected to add, revise or delete clauses that have enraged supporters and opponents of Brexit alike.

European Union leaders said they await clarity from London on the way forward and reportedly expressed impatience on the United Kingdom rushing toward the Brexit deadline on March 29 with no safety nets in place.

Corbyn suggestion of a fresh election as the only way out to resolve the impasse was rejected by May on the ground that it is against national interest. The last mid-term election was held in 2017. (DS)

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